The Women's Center of New Bedford has once again orchestrated a month of events to raise awareness of domestic violence.

October is the setting for domestic violence awareness, and in Massachusetts 14 people this year have died as a result of domestic abuse incidents.

Pamela McCleod-Lima of the Women's Center says there needs to be follow-through from the public, especially after recent high profile cases involving sports figures and other celebrities.

McCleod-Lima says keeping the conversation going all year long can go a long way towards preventing any future cases, and encouraging existing silent victims to come forward and speak out.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month will conclude in New Bedford with a candlelight vigil on October 28 on the steps of City Hall.