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Letter - Keep up the fight against domestic violence

To the editor:

Congratulations, Alexandria, Douglas County and surrounding areas for the wonderfully strong support shown at the third annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk in October. Despite a windy autumn chill in the air, more than 230 walkers showed up on the courthouse lawn to gather up signs and T-shirts, and prepare themselves for the 12-block journey. Men, women and children joined together to share in the message that there needs to be an end to domestic violence and the terror that it causes families and communities.

Those who came back to Calvary Lutheran Church after the walk were treated to a wonderful evening lunch, a look at the Clothesline Project, and an opportunity to listen to a moving presentation by Lee Wruck and Carla Graham, surviving daughters of a woman who was murdered in a domestic violence murder-suicide in 2006.

On the following day, this community again turned out to show their support for putting an end to the violence by attending the UCAN (United Communities Advocating Non-Violence) Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon. This event too was a great success. Thanks to all of you who took time to attend and show that you care about what is happening in your community.

In conclusion, please remember that we need to be as proactive the other 11 months of the year as we are in October, and together we can make a difference not only with domestic violence, but hopefully be able to see a decrease in all violence in our communities in central Minnesota. Perhaps we can be an example of how a community-coordinated effort to end violence can indeed work.

Again, thank you to all who participated, as well as to all who volunteered time, services and supplies for these events.

Connie Nelson, Wings Family Supportive Services, TSADV Walk Committee

Alexandria, MN