Crime & Courts

Annual domestic violence memorial tree lighting ceremony set for Monday

The 10th annual Domestic Violence Memorial Tree Ceremony is set for uptown Charlotte Monday night.

The tree lighting event will commemorate the 59 people who lost their lives to domestic violence in North Carolina this year, and 59 ribbons will be placed on the tree.

The Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Advocacy Council is partnering with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on the program. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at CMPD headquarters, 601 E. Trade St. in the main lobby.

There is free parking available at CMPD headquarters. The tree will be on display through Jan. 5.

The advocacy council urged that anyone who has lost a loved one to domestic violence bring something to place near the tree, such as flowers, photos, news stories or poems.

There have been four domestic violence related homicides in Mecklenburg County this year, and a total of 92 since 2002, according to the advocacy council.

For more information about domestic violence in the community, people may call the Safe Alliance’s Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at 704-352-2513.