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Candlelight vigil held to raise awareness about domestic violence

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The mother of a Tri-State woman murdered last year is speaking out on Tuesday in hopes of raising awareness of domestic violence.

Her message was delivered during a candlelight vigil at the Four Feedoms Monument in Downtown Evansville.

A large number of people attended that ceremony Tuesday night. It was a show of support for an issue, organizers say, is a real problem in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.

A bell was rung 64 times and several candles were lit to honor the 64 people who died in last year in Indiana from domestic violence.  

Kathy Jones' daughter, Kathleen Goffinet, was one of them.

"She was an abused wife. She was a battered woman. Her husband is charged with the crime," Jones said.

Anthony Goffinet will soon stand trial for allegedly stabbing Kathleen in the chest in June of last year then leaving the scene in a vehicle with the couple's three year old daughter.  

Jones is now dedicating much of her life to making sure victims know help is available.

"I think that abused women sometime feel like they're locked into a relationship. They can't leave. If they leave, something bad will happen. Oftentimes, that is true, but they're resources here in Evansville that can help them," Jones said.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says so far this year in Vanderburgh County, one murder has been attributed to domestic violence.

"You can't just look at the murders. You have to look at the batteries, you have to look at the protective order issues, the invasions of privacy. We have those come through our office every day," Hermann said. 

But some here fear there are many cases that go unreported. That's why they gathered together to show their support and let victims know getting help early is key to surviving the abuse.

"Every year our numbers top the year previous. So, we are seeing more and more people come forward. We really want to believe that is because of the awareness that we're creating, that we're knocking down those barriers and people are reaching out," said Candice Perry with the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. 

The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office has a website that list all of the resources available in the county. 

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