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City, county to honor domestic violence victims

Madison (WKOW) -- from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services:  This summer, a string domestic violence homicides, stalking incidents, and murder-suicides captured our community's attention and hinted at what domestic abuse survivors already know: that domestic violence is a national epidemic, with real and deadly implications for Madison and surrounding communities.

  A murder-suicide over the weekend in Madison underscores the need to shine a spotlight on the trauma our friends and neighbors in Dane County are dealing with every day.

  On Monday, city and county leaders, including Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, will come together for the 2008 Purple Ribbon Walk to publicly remember the 67 women, men and children killed in domestic violence homicides across our region in 2006-2007-and to challenge the public to increase their support for domestic violence intervention efforts.

  The Purple Ribbon Walk, organized by the Zonta Club of Madison, recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month and coincides with the National Day of Unity to End Domestic Violence.

  For the second year in a row, the Purple Ribbon Walk will raise community awareness about the profound and devastating impact of domestic abuse on our community. 

  For example:

  • In Dane County, 1 out of 3 arrests is related to domestic violence.
  • 1 out of 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.
  • Wisconsin averaged 3.3 domestic violence homicides every month in 2007.

  The Purple Ribbon Walk will begin at noon with a silent march around the Capitol Square, followed by a rally at approximately 12:20 p.m.

  The start and end point will be the corner of State Street and Mifflin.

  Speakers will include: Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, District Attorney Brian Blanchard, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney, Madison Chief of Police Noble Wray, and Shannon Barry, executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.

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