Each October to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County conducts candlelight vigils in the area to remember the year's victims and survivors. A Fairfield vigil will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, on Sherman Green in front of the gazebo. Every 15 seconds a bell will be rung to mark the fact that domestic abuse occurs every 15 seconds. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will be other vigils in Bridgeport, Easton, Trumbull and Monroe. Each will feature speakers, including elected officials, and staff from the Center for Women describing the services they offer.

"We hold the vigils at dusk, to honor all victims of domestic abuse," said Debra A. Greenwood, president and CEO of the center.

"It's a time to remember this year's victims and survivors, and a chance for those who are suffering to understand that we are here to help them," she said.

For more information, visit www.cwfefc.org.