BUFFALO, N.Y. -- October is domestic violence awareness month, and the people who work so hard to protect others took time to honor victims and survivors Thursday night.

A ceremony was held at Buffalo's Broderick Park. It was put on by Child and Family Services' Haven House, which protects victims of domestic violence.

The group says people should see this event and know that domestic violence is a very real problem in our community, and the fight against it needs the support of everyone.

"Domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes that occurs," said Kimberly Kadziolka, with Child & Family Services of Erie County.

"So by bringing awareness to it, we're allowing people to come forward and speak about what's happening to them and get the services that they need. So the point is to raise awareness, but also then to stop it."

If you drove by the Peace Bridge Thursday night, you may have noticed it was lit purple which is the color for domestic violence awareness month.