Captain Ed Shroder of the Indiana State Police also spoke at the vigil and applauded those in attendance for having the vigil and continuing to raise awareness.
"A lot of times the violence is happening behind closed doors," Shroder said. "We want to let people know there are people who will help get them out of the situation."
A survivor of domestic violence shared her experience at the vigil. She recalled the first half of her marriage as happy and blissful. Then the domestic violence began and continued for nine years, she said.
One day she put her plan in to action, contacted an attorney and got herself out of the situation.
"I knew nothing would be the same," the survivor said. "I had to get past the bitterness and heal myself. The biggest thing is I had to forgive him."
The hardest part was having her children ask what type of mood their dad would be in when he got home from work, she said.
"Why would I share this? For awareness and education," she said. "Everyone in society needs to be aware it is happening to people you know."
Pense, who read the names of the victims, reminded those in attendance that the job is to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence because each victim is someone's sister, niece, uncle, brother and cousin.
"Domestic violence can happen in any household," Rife said. "Race, income and religion doesn't matter. It happens everywhere."
Members of the Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County can be reached at the task force's 24-hour hotline, 574-722-2119.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.
Need help? The Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County has a 24-hour hotline at 574-722-2119.