HOKAH, Minn. (WXOW) – A vigil to honor survivors of abuse kicked off tonight in Hokah, Minnesota for the third year in a row. Every 20 minutes someone in the United States is a victim of abuse at the hands of an intimate partner.
According to the national domestic abuse hotline one in three women are victims and one in four men.
Tuesday evening the Hokah community came together at the Bluff Country Family Resources, Inc. to shed a light on the issue and encourage victims to speak up.
The Executive Director, Rosanne St. Sauver says more than half of victims stay in that relationship.
“There’s a lot of roadblocks. Lack of finances, not knowing where to go, lack of family support and not knowing who to talk to,” said Rosanne.
Joe is a volunteer at the Center. In April, he left his girlfriend. That abuse left emotional scars. “My partner was very controlling. She made sure that she had control of everything and knew where I was every minute of every day. She controlled all of our finances and it was all under her thumb.”
If you or someone you know needs help. Call the 24 hour crisis line at 866-367-4297 or go to www.bluffcountry.org.