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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There are several Domestic Violence Awareness month activities in our area this month sponsored by the Family Violence Coordinating Council.  There’s a program on October 20th and throughout the month there will be three different displays, one at RCTC and two more at the Government Center.

*“Tombstone Display” at RCTC will show names and stories of women, men and children who lost their lives in Minnesota as a result of Domestic Violence.

*“Doors Project” is on display 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.

Finally, on October 30th at 5:30pm at the RCTC Campus (just inside the atrium), there will be a program called “It’s Time To Talk”.   It’s a commemoration of those impacted by Domestic Violence.  This event will honor the 38 Minnesotans that died in 2013 as a result of domestic violence.  They will also celebrate the survivors.   Information booths will be available from 10am to 6:30pm.

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.