The City of New Bedford and the New Bedford Women's Center marked the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, by lighting a tree outside City Hall, honoring victims of domestic violence. 

TSM - Pmaela MacLeod-Lima speaking at Tree Lighting Ceremony outside New Bedford City Hall

Women's Center Executive Director Pamela MacLeod-Lima described domestic viiolence as a betrayal....

Also speaking at the ceremony was Mayor Jon Mitchell, Police Chief David Provencher, and City Council President Bruce Duarte.

TSM - Tree outside City Hall

The tree's purple lights will shine throughout the month of October to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The Women's Center is also organizing a "Silent March" through Downtown New Bedford on October 29th, followed by an ecumenical service at the First Unitarian Church  on Union Street.