The Rev. Brian Correll is director of pastoral care for Sheltering Wings. He also challenged those in attendance to take an active role is stopping domestic violence.
“These are stories of people who live on your block,” Correll said. “Every one of us have been affected by domestic violence.”
He read Isaiah 60:18, “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.”
“I’m looking forward to that time when there will be no more suffering,” Correll said. “No more brutality. No more violence. No more pain or tears. No more domestic violence. No more sexual violence. No more sex trafficking. We need people who will step forward. We can no longer remain on the sidelines. Let’s speak up. Let’s fight. Let’s declare no more!”
Julie Randall, president of the Hendricks County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, presented “Take Action” awards — one to an individual and one to a group.
The individual award was presented to Capt. Brian Tremper of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department.
“The coalition has been working on a lethality assessment program,” Randall said. “His dedication and leadership help make this happen. He truly knows what it means to be a victim.”
She said law enforcement is often the first to help in a domestic violence situation and the coalition has been working hard to make sure officers across the county have the tools they need to intervene.
The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department received the group Take Action award.
Tremper humbly accepted the awards but wanted people to know that law enforcement officers all over the county have been supportive of the coalition’s initiatives.
During the vigil, Tremper and Col. Steve Wagner, also of the sheriff’s department, read the names of those who have been murdered over the past year. There were 62 domestic violence murder victims in Indiana from July 2011 to June 2012.