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Personal stories and solidarity mark HopeWorks event for domestic violence prevention

Dawn Root's life took a serendipitous turn two years ago, one that eventually brought her to Columbia this week to talk about her mother's death. She spoke as an advocate and survivor Tuesday at the fifth annual candlelight vigil held by HopeWorks at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, marking October's designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country. Root told the gathering of 40 people wearing purple ribbons that she is on a mission to speak to audiences across the Baltimore area "since living in the darkness wasn't serving me, and I realized it was time to leave negativity behind." HopeWorks, which changed its name from the Domestic...