STEVENS POINT (WAOW) — Nearly 40 people died last year in Wisconsin because of domestic violence.
Tuesday, October 1, marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Month, and members of our community made sure those who lost their lives due to domestic violence aren’t forgotten.
“It’s really to honor them and their memory and bring awareness of the pervasive issue of domestic violence in our community,” said Jessica Hilgers from the Family Crisis Center.
The fourth annual Purple Ribbon Walk in Stevens Point is held to show that one life lost is too many.
“We need to bring more awareness to it,” said Paula Cummings from Stevens Point. “It happens more often than people know and it’s one of those subjects people don’t talk about often.”
Each year, names of the victims who died the year before are read aloud, and their names are written on flags. Walkers then march around the Portage County courthouse holding a flag.
“It’s sad to see the number of flags carried today, but it’s important to remember them and their families. It’s important to know domestic violence happens all over the world,” said Cummings.
Organizers said domestic violence is a silent issue that can easily go unnoticed. However, Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza wants victims to know they aren’t alone.
“Stevens Point has a moral obligation to work, to address domestic violence and encourage all members of our community and city employees to know about domestic violence,” said Wiza.
Organizers hope more victims will step forward to get help.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are many resources.
The National Domestic Violence hotline is 1800-799-7233.