September means many things- end of summer, new school year, year fully in play. For the Domestic Violence Action Center, it means their annual Be A Torch for Change Initiative. Each Wednesday night in September, the community is encouraged to join the agency in lighting a candle to lift up survivors and place a sharp focus on the problem of domestic violence. Wednesday nights from 8:30 - 9:30, light a candle in solidarity with community efforts to address domestic violence.\ \ "During the pandemic, with survivors living as prisoners of their abusive partner, DVAC experienced steady requests for help, information, crisis support and safety planning," said Nanci Kreidman, CEO of DVAC. "Ten thousand (10,000) safety plans were completed, 26,000 children were impacted by work done by DVAC programs and 50,000 client contacts occurred with agency clients."\ \ Family violence impacts every community. It is only with collective effort and investment that we will light the path forward with hope and safety.\ \ The DVAC candles made by Mind Mana Creations will be sold at Coffee Talk Kaimuki on Sunday, August 29 from 8 am to 12 pm. Proceeds supports the Domestic Violence Action Center as it continues its outreach and education against domestic violence. For more info, visit domesticviolenceactioncenter.org.