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Someplace Safe to recognize and reflect during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In the past year, Someplace Safe served nearly 4,000 victims across the region.

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ALEXANDRIA — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recognized and observed across Minnesota and the nation each year. Each year, hundreds of DVAM activities are held to mourn those who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived and are thriving, and connect communities in their efforts to change norms and end domestic violence.

In the past year, Someplace Safe served nearly 4,000 victims across the region, offering crisis intervention, assistance with protection orders, emergency resources (shelter, transportation, meals), safety planning and support to survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.

Someplace Safe invites you to two upcoming events in Douglas County this October. The 16th Annual Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence event will be held Tuesday, Oct.18, at 4:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. The event will feature a domestic violence speaker and is co-sponsored by United Communities Advocating Nonviolence. Free T-shirts and food will be available.

The 22nd Annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon featuring speaker Sherry Ann Bruckner, J.D. speaking on “Empowering Peace”. This event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11:45 a.m. Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center. Tickets are $20 and available at Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria.

Another way you can participate locally is by taking part in the annual Day of Purple, occurring on Oct. 20. On this day, show support for victims and survivors by wearing the color purple throughout the day. Feel free to get your whole office, club or social group involved in wearing purple on Oct. 20 and make sure to post your #dayofpurple participation photos on social media. Free Day of Purple posters and stickers may be requested.

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For more resources and information, as well as a listing of upcoming events hosted by Someplace Safe, including the 31 for 31 Campaign supporting local survivors, visit www.someplacesafe.info/dvam2022 or follow Someplace Safe on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Someplace Safe services remain as important as ever for local victims, survivors, and families. If you or someone you know is in need of support or assistance, contact Someplace Safe at 800-974-3359.

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