On Thursday, hundreds of men took to the sidewalks of Downtown Honolulu in the 21st Annual Men's March Against Violence.

From prosecutors to first responders, businessmen, teenagers and athletes walked in memory of those who have been injured or lost their lives to domestic violence.

Those who work to stop domestic violence say this walk does make a difference.

“What happens is everyone takes a piece of this weight, and all the companies and businesses that have become involved now have a deeper understanding and a bigger commitment,” said Nanci Kreidman, Domestic Violence Action Center.

“It’s such a behind-the-scene kind of issue. People don’t like to talk about it, but we men really have to take a stand, come forward, and say we’ve got to eliminate domestic violence in our community,” said Jerry Rauckhorst, CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii.

October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Domestic Violence Action Center reported receiving more than 11,700 calls in the fiscal year 2015.