October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Last year in Minnesota, there were at least 38 people killed due to domestic violence.  It’s a complex crime that has a devastating impact on the women and children who are victims of battering.

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This Thursday (Oct 30th) at 5:30pm, there’s a program at the RCTC atrium called “It’s Time To Talk”.   It will commemorate those impacted by Domestic Violence.  The program will honor those 38 Minnesotans who died last year as a result and also celebrate the survivors.  Information booths will be available from 10am to 6:30pm.

This event is sponsored by the Family Violence Coordinating Council, which has also sponsored three different displays this month, one at RCTC and two at the Government Center.  “Tombstone Display” at RCTC shows the names and stories of women, men and children who lost their lives in Minnesota as a result of Domestic Violence. “Doors Project” at the Government Center Rotunda and shows domestic violence through the eyes of children and youth in our community. “Remember My Name Display” at the Government Center shows pictures and biographies of the victims who lost their lives due to Domestic Violence.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help.  Call the Women’s Shelter at 507-285-1010 or visit www.womens-shelter.org .  You don’t have to go through this alone.