ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish had a big turnout Monday night for its Take Back the Night event.
Law enforcement, domestic violence experts with the Iris Center, and members of the community gathered to remember those who have died by domestic violence but also those who still live in it.
As the sun set and darkness settled in at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales, the crowd remained standing together against violence in the home and beyond.
"This year, there are dozens of victims who've died at the hands of a violent domestic partner, or family member or a friend. There were five in Ascension Parish," said Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley.
A very powerful moment came when a young boy described what it is like to be without someone killed by domestic violence. Workers with the Iris Domestic Violence Center were there in Gonzales to help anyone who had questions or requests.