(Mankato, MN) – A candlelight vigil will be held tonight in Mankato to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence over the last year.
The event starts at 6pm at the Public Safety Center at 710 South Front Street and is being hosted by the Committee Against Domestic Abuse. Executive Director of CADA Jason Mack says tonight’s vigil is also to help raise awareness of the issue locally.
“It’s likely that there are well over 3,000 female victims a year in Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties alone,” said Mack, citing the number of people they serve and national data on reporting. It’s estimated that around 70% of domestic violence incidents are never reported.
So far this year in Minnesota, at least 14 women have died as a result of domestic violence. The most recent case was from just a couple weeks ago, when Vanessa Danielson of Minneapolis was set on fire.
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Photo credits: JRM Media, CADA & Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.