ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Tree of Life was dedicated tonight in honor of south Georgia crime victims. People came together for a candlelight vigil in Moultrie as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
"We try to support those who went through it and make the community more aware there's a huge problem," said Blue Shaddix, director of the Serenity Home Shelter in Coliquit County.
Shaddix was once a domestic violence victim too.
"I was strong enough to walk away before I got to the point where a lot of them do,"Shaddix said.
Thankfully, Shaddix got out of her situation in time. David Miller, District Attorney of the Southern Circuit says perpetrators will be punished.
"Offenders need to know they will be held accountable," said Miller. It's not fair to beat on a woman. It's one of the most cowardly acts I know of and it wont be tolerated."
Once everyone let loose balloons and attached ribbons to the Tree of Life, they headed over to the courthouse annex for the candle light vigil. One child spoke about her tie with domestic violence. Often times children are the most affected victims of violence because they see it all happen.
The candle still burns and the tree of life will continue to grow as the fight against crime goes on. If you have a concern about domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour crisis line at the Serenity Home Shelter. The number is 890-7233.