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Domestic Violence Awareness Walk is Oct. 11

While the exact nature of what led to the murder of 19-year-old Kelly Dahm allegedly by her former boyfriend is unknown, the tragedy does raise the issue of domestic violence and the tragic consequences it can have.

That is the purpose of the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Oct. 11 at Glen Park in River Falls. The walk is sponsored by Turningpoint for Domestic and Sexual Violence Inc.

The two-mile walk is designed to raise awareness and funds for the organization, which provides emergency shelter as well as outreach services for victims and their families in the Hudson area and beyond.

Community Corrections officer Natalie Sonnenberg sits on the board of directors of Turningpoint and is a member of the St. Croix Valley Alliance Against Family Violence. She said relationships that include violence include a complicated series of issues. Victims often have low self-esteem and are isolated from family and friends by their partners.

"They can be financially kept in the dark so they don't know how they could survive outside of the relationship. The person they are involved with holds all the cards and is often very controlling. This is especially true when it's a young woman," said Sonnenberg.

Organizations like Turningpoint and the alliance are working to make sure that the victims of violence know where to find help when they need it. "We want to be sure that all the resources available in our area are accessible to the women and families that need them," said Sonnenberg.

Registration for the awareness walk begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 10. Pledges are not required for participation.

After the walk through downtown River Falls, there will be food, games and prizes.

For more information, call Turningpoint at (715) 425-6751. For more information, go online at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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