October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Today, members of the community gathered at the Riverwalk to mark the occasion.
The event called “Hope in the Light of Day” featuring survivors of domestic violence telling their stories and how they’ve overcome their circumstances.
District Attorney Jerry Jones and Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes were among the guest speakers.
Officials say it’s important that youth hear the stories to better understand the impact of domestic violence.
“The Wellspring wanted to point out warning signs for young people to look for. I think it was also very poignant for them to hear first hand, a testimony from a young person that had been involved in a D.V. relationship,” said Jennifer Johnson, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The yearly event was sponsored by the Family Justice Center.