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Community suffers for domestic violence

Many folks may be unaware that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The movement stemmed from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's "Day of Unity" held in October 1981. This month we honor those harmed or who have died due to domestic violence. We come together as a community to support the good work of those aiming to end domestic violence, and we gather the community in an effort to take action to meet the goal of ending domestic violence.

Did you know that intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime? Domestic violence is an insidious issue as it is often viewed as a private problem by the larger community. Unfortunately, this mindset perpetuates the cycle of abuse and prevents forward momentum on tackling this issue in our society. Domestic violence is a community issue, it is a neighborly issue, and it is a personal issue. It is not something to be hidden away or kept behind a veil of "decency." In order to eradicate its harmful effects, we must be willing to stand up when we see it in action and we must, above all, support those who come forward as survivors of domestic violence.

There are many organizations within our communities that provide resources and training on the warning signs of domestic violence. These resources will also counsel you on how to address possible domestic violence in your own life or the lives of those around you. There are events taking place during the month of October to educate yourself on the dynamics of domestic violence and the resources available. Please take action and become the change needed to combat domestic violence in your community.

Editor's note: Jenna Warmuth is a member of the board of directors for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Superior.