Soon after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, Twin Towns Area females and males of any ages taken a trip together down Dakota Avenue in Wahpeton, throughout the bridge covering the coasts of North Dakota and Minnesota and onto Minnesota Avenue in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

They did so as part of the yearly Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, held by the Zonta Club of Breckenridge-Wahpeton. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

” We value your coming tonight and shining a light on an issue all our neighborhoods are confronted with,” stated Ashley Wiertzema, vice president of Zonta Club.

Wiertzema was also a criminal offense victim supporter at Someplace Safe in Breckenridge. Someplace Safe, in addition to the Three Rivers Crisis Center in Wahpeton, got a $500 check from the Zonta Club. In addition, the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk served as a fundraising event for both crises.

” It is among a number of occasions planned to reveal unity for the victims and survivors of domestic violence,” Wiertzema continued.

Twin Towns Area citizens can still reveal their assistance, pay homage and honor their good friends, family and neighborhood members who have experienced domestic violence by using purple throughout the month. An essential date is Thursday, Oct. 19, known as the Day of Purple.

” People might promise for the ‘advantage’ of using purple that day and contribute to Someplace Safe,” the Daily News reported Thursday, Oct. 12. “Those wishing to spread out the message on social media can use the #dayofpurple hashtag in their pictures.”.

North Dakota state Rep. Alisa Mitskog, D-District 25, took part in the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

” This is a show and tells that we need to support the victims of domestic violence and truly make a stand that we need to put an end to this terrible part of society,” she stated. “Often, the victims are voiceless and seem like they have no assistance. We are here today to support them.”.

According to stats, one-in-three ladies and one-in-four guys have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the American News of Aberdeen, South Dakota, ran an editorial advising reader to assist break the “really deafening” silence around domestic violence.

” Domestic violence can be found in many kinds, but in the end, it is constantly incorrect,” the editorial specified. “The best way to assist those suffering domestic violence is to:

 Listen.

 Believe them.

 Don’t evaluate, and regard their choices.

 Encourage and support them.

 Remind the person being mistreated how brave they are remaining in informing their story.

Domestic violence is never ever the response to fix dispute. There is no reason for it.