Vigil shines light on domestic violence
Community members and those affected by domestic violence solemnly walked to the intersection of Rockford Road and Northwest Boulevard in Plymouth. Nine months earlier Trisha Nelson’s life was taken by her longtime partner at that location. It was at that site where Trisha’s sister, Tanya Fure, laid a cross-shaped wreath in her memory.
“Breaking the Silence: A Walk for Hope,” an interdenominational vigil, took place Oct. 9 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was hosted in partnership with the Domestic Violence Awareness and Action team of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove, which spreads a zero-tolerance message for abuse.
The fourth annual vigil was an opportunity for the community to remember the pervasiveness of domestic violence and that domestic violence does not discriminate, explained Dawn Strommen, an event committee member and a licensed psychologist with Reimann Counseling Clinic who works with domestically abused women.
Strommen heard Fure speak at a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Anoka in May and found it appropriate to have Fure speak at this year’s vigil.
“We needed to walk to where (Trisha) was killed, because it was literally in our backyard,” Strommen said.