Remembering victims of domestic violence

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s estimated that one out of three women are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.

During the month of October, organizations across our area are spreading awareness about domestic violence and just how prevalent it has become.

The Women’s Shelter in Rochester set up a tombstone display outside of Rochester Community and Technical College. Each of the 34 tombstones honor the men, women and children who died in Minnesota as a result of domestic violence in 2015.

The display is part of their annual domestic violence awareness campaign. The goal is to reach people and help them become survivors so they don’t have to see any more names added to the display.

“The most important thing we can do is listen to them, offer them information — a phone number is sometimes all they need to be able to begin the process of recovery,” explains Jeannie Thompson, the children’s program coordinator at the Women’s Shelter.

Next week, the Women’s Shelter will host a film screening that focuses on the male perspective of domestic violence.

Below is information on that and other events in our area:

Oct. 11 at UMR 7-8:30pm.
Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men – and women – to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior. * This film contains graphic violence, explicit language and partial nudity, Viewer discretion advised.*


Remember My Name
Hosted by Crisis Intervention Services
Mason City Public Library – Mason City Room
Oct. 7, program begins at noon.


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