October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, the Women's Center of New Bedford stages two events to raise awareness and honor victims. Domestic Violence Awareness Month began with a ceremony outside City Hall and the lighting of a tree symbolizing support for domestic violence victims. Later in the month, the Women's Center sponsors a candlelight vigil remembering the victims of domestic homicide. Director Pamela MacLeod-Lima joins Jim Phillips to discuss those events, domestic violence and its prevalence on the Southcoast, and how the Women's Center is helping victims regain self-esteem and hope.

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and WBSM.com. Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com. This program can also be heard by downloading the WBSM app.