The lingering, poignant aftermath of domestic violence fluttered in the breeze on the Capitol steps on Tuesday (Sept. 30) as advocates marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to Cyndi Cook, Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, some 623 women and children and 31 family members or friends have been murdered in Minnesota by an intimate partner or family member since 1989.
"An abusive relationship that ends in the murder of the victim creates a ripple of harm, pain, anger and unanswered questions that form concentric circles around the victims' children and immediate family, then to their friends and extended family, to their community and family, to the quality of life in the state," said Cook.
The shirts that adorned the Capitol steps memorialize the victims of domestic violence and are part of the coalition's Clothesline Project. (Photo by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol Reporter)