November 26, 2007
The Mecklenburg County
Domestic Violence Advocacy Council
is inviting the public to participate in a Domestic Violence Memorial Tree Lighting ceremony in Charlotte. The tree lighting event will commemorate the 58 lives lost due to domestic violence in North Carolina this year.
The Mecklenburg County is inviting the public to participate in a Domestic Violence Memorial Tree Lighting ceremony in Charlotte. The tree lighting event will commemorate the 58 lives lost due to domestic violence in North Carolina this year.
The memorial will take place:
Thursday, December 6
- 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- 101 Independence Center, 101 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
Free parking for the event is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 North Tryon Street or the Seventh Street Station parking garage. A free trolley runs the length of Tryon Street every seven minutes.
The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council is partnering with Lincoln Harris and American Financial Realty Trust in this domestic violence public awareness effort. The Council includes representatives from the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission, Department of Social Services, Sheriff’s Office, Shelter for Battered Women, Women First, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department-Domestic Violence Unit, Victim Assistance, businesses and the interfaith community.
Domestic violence related homicides in Mecklenburg County are currently at nine for 2007. There were six in 2006, eleven domestic violence related homicides in 2005 and eight victim homicides in 2004.
- The memorial event will commemorate the 58 lives lost as a result of domestic violence in North Carolina from January to December 2007. For a listing of the domestic violence homicide victims to be honored at this event, visit the NCCADV Web site at
- Fifty eight ribbons created by the DVAC as well as other supporters will adorn the memorial tree. The ceremony will close with the lighting of the tree capturing a message that these fallen victims are shedding light on the issue of domestic violence.
- Attendance is free. Community residents are encouraged to attend and continue to work to end domestic violence.
For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission at 704-336-3210 or the Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.
For more information on this event and other domestic violence public awareness efforts, go to
or please contact Mike Sexton at 704-432-1568 (office) or 704-900-9346 (cell) or