Sister of slain Kona woman, supporters rally to foster awareness about domestic violence


Cheylee, left, and Cheryl Octavio stand together Friday while waving signs in Hilo to spread awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence on the island. Cheylee Octavio is a domestic violence survivor and wanted to come out to the event with her mom to let others in the community know that they are not alone. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

During a sign-waving Friday on Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo, Alexus Fernandez holds a sign for her younger sister, who lost her life to domestic violence on New Year's Day. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

For survivors of domestic violence, sometimes support is the best course to healing.