"She Screams Without Sound" advocates remember victims lost to domestic violence
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The 30th annual candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence was Wednesday night at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
"She Screams Without Sound" has been going on in Hamilton County for 30 years. Women Helping Women and the YWCA do the event to remember men, women and children who are killed each year by someone who claimed to love them.
Advocates say there is more money and resources available to address domestic violence, yet each year people continue to die at the hands of loved ones.
According to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, 115 people were killed in domestic violence incidents in the state last year. That's up from 101 the previous year.
Advocates say it's going to take more than awareness to make a difference. They think policies need to change.
"Right now you can commit an act of intimate partner violence and it's a misdemeanor. Most of the time these perpetrators are out within days, and they go on to reoffend, reoffend, or you have someone who threatens a victim and the victim isn't showing up in court and the case is dismissed," says Erika Yingling, director of non-residential domestic violence services at YWCA Greater Cincinnati.
Local 12's Deborah Dixon emceed the event. She talked about Tenisha Huff who was killed last week just days after police went to a judge to get a protection order for her. Gary Box is charged with her murder and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says he intends to seek a death penalty indictment in the case.