Americus-- Victims of domestic violence, and the people who defend them, held a vigil outside the Sumter County Courthouse.
Janie Williams survived an abusive marriage that lasted 27 years. Sharing two children with her ex-husband, it was hard for her to leave. Williams says she's often asked why she stayed in the relationship so long, "You get so involved in the relationship until you feel like you are doing the right thing, doing what you should do and if the women would just step forward and say wait a minute this is not right, this is not the way you are suppose to be treated in a loving relationship."
It's been ten years since the divorce. Williams now counsels other women in abusive relationships. At the end of the vigil, dozens of balloons were released to remember those who were killed by a loved one. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.