Activists Light Domestic Violence Memorial Tree

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Monday night, dozens of people honored the victims of domestic violence murders in North Carolina with a special Christmas tree lighting in Uptown Charlotte.

The tree has ribbons for each of the 59 people killed statewide this year at the hands of a partner.  Four of the murders happened in Mecklenburg County.  A domestic violence survivor told WCCB Charlotte why this event can help victims.

“It’s important to teach people what happens with domestic violence.  Not to be quiet and not say anything about it to anyone.  There’s help out there.  We need to get the victims to realize there’s help and where to go to help and to get away safely,” said northwest Charlotte resident Gaylene Macuska.

The tree is on display at CMPD headquarters through January 5.