A recent spate of widely publicized cases of domestic violence that ended in the deaths of four women has put a spotlight on the issue, the Pioneer Press reports.
"With cases like these, the thing that really resonates with me is how I wish there could have been an opportunity to work with, to speak with, to reach these victims," Shelley Johnson Cline, executive director of the St. Paul Intervention Project, told the newspaper. "We, as a community, need to increase those bridges, find more ways to reach victims to let them know there's help available and to build that trust."
Cline said that someone leaving an abusive relationship has a 75 percent increased risk of being severely harmed or killed, the newspaper reported.
On Tuesday, six statewide organizations are hosting an annual Action Day to End Violence Against Women at the Capitol, including lawmaker meetings and a rally.
Four high-profile cases have been in the headlines this year:
The husband of Kira Trevino, 30, of St. Paul, has been charged with her death. Her body has not been found but her blood was discovered in their home.
The teenage boyfriend of Anna Hurd, 16, of North St. Paul, has been charged in her stabbing death.
Steven Roger Johnson, 35, has been sentenced to life in prison for killing and dismembering his wife Manya Johnson in St. Paul in January.
And in the most recent case, Roger Earl Holland, 36, was charged Monday in the death of his wife, who was 15 weeks pregnant.