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LCRC willing to help during October, domestic violence awareness month

The statistics are staggering. On average, three women a day are murdered in this country by a husband or a boyfriend.

In Minnesota alone, 22 women and 10 children died in 2007 as a result of domestic violence.

This October, domestic violence experts and service providers in Becker County and across the state are coming together to help end abuse and to urge elected officials and candidates running for office to use this chance to speak out against domestic and sexual violence.

Violence against women and girls can be a key issue for voters in the 2008 elections. Numerous polls find that when women voters are presented with a series of issues, they identify violence as one of the most important and say it plays a key role in their decisions about who to vote for.

As you may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- the ideal time for our candidates to make a commitment to end domestic violence and sexual violence and help keep women and children safe.

This month the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center has several awareness activities planned for October. These include various newspaper articles, radio messages on domestic violence including public service announcements, several presentations in area high schools on dating violence, employee paycheck inserts, several area health fairs booths and a femicide display at the courthouse.

Domestic violence is everyone's business. It affects us all -- every family, every workplace and every community.

And each of us has a role to play in stopping domestic violence. Your support can be as simple as contributing money, gas cards and any number of other much-needed items to the crisis center, volunteering your time to the center, talking to a child about relationship violence or offering your support to a victim of violence.

Individuals who want to help can call the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center at 218-847-8572 for more information.