Town’s candle-lit vigil

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People in the High Peak were urged to watch for the signs of domestic violence among friends and family at a candle-lit vigil in Buxton designed to raise awareness of a national tragedy which claims the lives of two women each week in the UK.

Tiny flames of hope were lit as men and women gathered around the Christmas tree at Turner’s Memorial after hearing that every second of the minute’s silence they observed would bring a new victim of domestic violence somewhere in the country.

Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Barnett said that 90 per cent of abuse occurred with children either in the same room or close by: “The memories will last forever. One in three women will suffer domestic abuse, and one in six men.”

The event was organised by University of Derby students from the Buxton campus alongside High Peak Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership.

Buxton’s JGM Studio Choir gave inspirational renditions of Lean on Me and Something Inside So Strong, while student Ben Foulds closed the night with a moving solo of Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts.