If you happen to drive down Main Street in La Crosse, you may notice the purple ribbons wrapped around tree trunks because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Mayo Clinic Health System's Safe Path Program provides service to victims of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by a partner in their lifetime.
Mayo's Safe Path Program advocates healthy relationships and strives to make sure victims from a domestic violence situation have resources to get help.
"This month is just getting awareness that domestic violence does exist. It even exists in this community." says Mayo Clinic Health System Safe Path's Social Work Advocate Amanda Kubista.
"If anybody is aware of someone that is in an abusive relationship or has a family member in an abusive relationship we want to make sure that they make the approach that will be helpful rather than hurtful." Kubista added.
If you are a victim or know someone who is a victim in a domestic violence situation, May's Safe Path Program provides services for patients, employees of Mayo Clinic Health System and care for the general public. The number for Mayo Clinic Health System's Safe Path Program is 608-785-0940.