MARQUETTE — The issue of domestic violence is a large issue. On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. alone.

Local law enforcement and the Women’s Center came together with other members of the community at the Marquette Commons today to discuss this important issue. There are many forms of abuse that people tend to discount or are not aware of.

This kick–off event started of domestic violence month focusing on the public becoming more aware of the signs and forms of aid that victims can receive. Law enforcement wants the public to know they are there to help.

“We have seen the worst of the worst. People think that broken bones don’t happen and they do and they think emotional abuse is not abuse and it is. I’ve seen people with emotional abuse that are far worse off than somebody with physical abuse,” said Alisha Young, from the Women’s Center.

If you want to learn more about how to spot signs of abuse or how to get help please visit the Women’s Center Marquette’s website.