October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and officials from Crystal and the Crystal Police Department seek to raise awareness through a free presentation for residents and participation in the Purple Light Initiative.

The Crystal Crime Prevention Board will host a free domestic abuse prevention presentation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Neighborhood Outreach Office in the Crystal Shopping Center, 227 Willow Bend.

The city is also lighting Crystal City Hall, 4141 Douglas Drive N., for the month in recognition of the awareness campaign.

The lights are a symbol that the community takes a stand against domestic violence, shows victims they have a voice and the city is listening, offers support and resources for survivors, remembers the victims and encourages an open dialogue about the topic.

City officials strongly encourage everyone to break the silence on domestic violence and view the purple lights in October as an encouraging message of help, hope and healing.

If a resident, or someone they know, has been the victim of domestic violence, call 911. Additional resources are available by calling 763-531-1020 or Cornerstone at 866-223-1111.

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