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Editorial: Take note of domestic violence

It should go without saying, we think, that incidents of domestic violence are unacceptable. And yet, such incidents happen far too often.

They happen often enough that there is a month — October — set aside to raise awareness of the issue. Enough that a flag meant to fly in honor of people killed in domestic incidents seems unlikely to come down anytime soon.

No incident of violence is good, obviously. But there is something uniquely bad about domestic violence. It is a violation of some of the closest relationships we have — between husbands and wives, parents and children.

It’s an issue that hits close to home. We see reports of domestic violence on a nearly daily basis as we look through charges filed by the Dakota County Attorney’s office. Most notably, police believe a Rosemount woman shot and killed her husband in their apartment earlier this month before turning the gun on herself and taking her own life.

Domestic violence is about exercising power, about taking control of another person. It can disrupt someone’s life in ways that are both obvious and subtle.

It is a cycle that can repeat itself in ways that are cruel and cruelly predictable.

There are answers, even if they are not always easy to see. There are resources for people who are being abused if they are willing to use them. Police can help. So can groups like 360 Communities, which runs shelters in Dakota County for women and children who are the victims of abuse.

If you see evidence of abuse, please help the victim know they have options. Let them know that what is happening is unacceptable.