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Putting an end to domestic violence

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Residents came together Tuesday evening for the annual Domestic Violence Hope Awards and Candlelight Vigil.

The event took place on Tyler's downtown square. Local citizens who have helped end domestic violence were honored at the event. The recipients of the Hope awards are: TISD Title 1, Suzanne Mitchell, Double D Rentals, Victor Covarrubias, Andy's Frozen Custard and Diane Isham, Adapt.

The Distinguished Volunteer Award was given to Geraldine Herman and the Karen Choice Award was given to Jing Greene.

Time was also set aside to remember the 142 Texas Victims who were killed by domestic violence in 2010.

Becky Henderson, the Family Violence Coordinator at the East Texas Crisis Center, says it is important to realize that mental and emotional abuse is just as important and should not be downgraded. She also says the abuse often times does not end with the victim. Peace officers and police are often assaulted when trying to prevent the violence.

"One of the misconceptions of domestic violence is that it's not that bad. It's lethal and women are dying every year," she says.

"Domestic violence escalates. It's usually not extremely violent in the beginning, but over could be weeks, could be months, could be years, it will eventually increase and when it increases little by little, it is almost unnoticeable. So it increases and you adjust to it, it increases and you adjust...", says Henderson.

Henderson hopes hosting the event on the downtown Tyler square will bring awareness to the community that domestic abuse is a problem that residents can work together to end.

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