MASON CITY, Iowa – Nothing can erase the pain of losing a loved one, but families of adults and children murdered as a result of domestic violence were honored by a local organization and law enforcement to help with the healing process.
It’s an issue no one wants to hear about but has killed thousands of people.
“I don’t know that anybody ever moves forward after something like this happens to their loved one, there’s never closure,” says Janet Bottleman.
Janet attends the Remember My Name event every year to honor her daughter Bridgette, who loss her life in December of 2010 to domestic violence.
The event started 15 years ago and organizers say they have seen the impact it has on families and victims.
“One of the best things that I see is the individuals coming together, family members that have lost someone very close to them and meeting other family members that have suffered a similar tragedy,” says Mary Ingham, Executive Director of Crisis Intervention Services.
“I know that making that phone call to Crisis Intervention is the hardest phone call you’re going to want make, but please,’ says Bittleman.
Janet remains hopeful to keep her daughter’s name alive and make a difference.
“We’re re-writing Bridgette’s Bill which is a bill to keep life insurance proceeds out of the hands of abusers and slayers.”
272 ribbons were placed on a tree in memory of Iowans who died as a result of domestic violence.