ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
The YWCA of St. Joseph hosted its 5th annual Take Back the Night event Sunday evening.
The event is held in support of the survivors and victims of domestic abuse. The theme this year was "Love Protects, Courage Heals."
Community members gathered outside the YWCA to join in song and prayer and participate in a balloon release that honored lives lost to the hands of domestic violence.
Staff say the event is held to remind people of the variety of programs they offer to women and children affected by domestic violence.
"I think it's important just to raise awareness, and have people who come out and be able to heal in their own story," said Carrie Turner training and outreach coordinator for the agency.
The event also included a reading of the domestic abuse proclamation from Deputy Mayor Pat Jones, and a speech given by a survivor.