Light Up the Night honors victims of domestic violence

Attendees of Light Up the Night at the University of Houston-Victoria Tuesday hold battery-powered candles to represent the one in four people who will experience abuse. During the event, Phoenix Johnson also read from her book, “The Phoenix Factor: Rising from the Ashes of Abuse.” Johnson wrote the book about her experiences after 17 years of domestic abuse and three years of stalking, and she shared a positive and inspiring story of courage and healing as a survivor of domestic violence. The event also included a welcome by UHV Interim President Vic Morgan, a survivor’s account of the impact of domestic abuse and a video presentation.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.