There’s some sobering statistics about domestic violence on Page A1 of today’s paper.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the U.S., an average of 20 people experience “intimate partner physical violence” every minute. That equates to more than 10 million victims annually.

One in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. One in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner, the NCADV says.

There are many victims of domestic violence right here in DeKalb County, many of which you may never hear about or see personally.

The people at Domestic Violence Crisis Services in Fort Payne know these statistics by heart. They provide help and hope for victims every single day.

They fill out protection orders daily, and they help people who may need to be relocated. They provide shelter and answers for victims.

DVCS needs to make sure the community is aware of this problem. They hope that through awareness we might be able to find a solution. Please make plans to attend the “Remember My Name” vigil on Oct. 25. There’s more information on the front page of today’s paper about the event and how you might be able to help.

We owe it to these victims to do all we can to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne and Managing Editor Bradley Roberts.

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