Millions of Americans live in fear and silence every day in their own home. Domestic violence does not discriminate against race, gender, social status, sexual orientation, religion, or age. Every 60 seconds, an average of 20 people is abused by an intimate partner, one in three women and one in four men. Millions of children are exposed to domestic violence in their home, the consequences of domestic violence can impact individuals for a lifetime.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Fillmore County will be recognizing victims and survivors. Join us and view “Remember My Name,” a display of Minnesota victims of intimate partner homicide in 2020. “Wear purple day” with us on October 26 to honor survivors and share why ending domestic violence is important to you.
What can you do to end the silence? Whether it is big or small, every voice makes a difference. Offer your support to someone that may need help instead of turning away. Believe someone without judgement when they tell you they need help. Educate yourself on your local resources or donate to organizations that help victims of domestic violence. Thank a local law enforcement officer, social worker, probation officer, or court personnel for their service in the fight to end domestic violence.
Silence doesn’t end violence. Knowing professionals you can contact, or simply offering support can be the first step to ending violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the Women’s Shelter’s 24/7 Crisis Line at (507) 285-1010 to speak to an advocate, or reach out to the Fillmore County DV Advocate at (507) 273-3547.
To report a crime call (507) 765-3874, to report an emergency call or text 911.