Flags fly for abuse victims

More than twice as many Minnesotans have died as a result of domestic violence this year compared to last. Every year, an average of more than 60,000 state residents seek services from domestic violence programs.

Pearl Crisis Center staff and volunteers will display this Live Violence Free campaign flag for one week each time a Minnesotan is killed as a result of domestic violence. The flag is hanging in front of the center this week in remembrance of Eden Prairie domestic violence victim Mandy Matula, whose body was recently found in a shallow grave. Submitted photo

Pearl Crisis Center staff and volunteers will display this Live Violence Free campaign flag for one week each time a Minnesotan is killed as a result of domestic violence. The flag is hanging in front of the center this week in remembrance of Eden Prairie domestic violence victim Mandy Matula, whose body was recently found in a shallow grave.
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In remembrance of those who have lost their life to domestic violence communities across the state are flying Live Violence Free flags.

Pearl Crisis Center in Milaca is displaying one such flag for the murder Mandy Matula of Eden Prairie, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Sartell. A single gunshot to the head was discovered to be the cause of death. Matula was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, David Roe, who killed himself the day after Matula went missing more than six months ago.

“When the flag is out, another person has died in Minnesota from domestic violence,” said Pearl Director Judy Pearson.

The Live Violence Free Flag campaign is a way for individuals and organizations to do something in response to domestic violence. It is an opportunity to become part of a statewide visual acknowledgment of the domestic violence victims.

“They have yard signs and different things for people, too, if they want,” Pearson said. “I might get a yard sign for my lawn.”

Individuals, businesses and agencies are all invited to be a part of the Live Violence Free campaign. For more information about the flag campaign and information about domestic violence, contact Pearl Crisis Center at 320-982-2901 or go to the Minnesota Coalition of Battered Women’s website at www.mcbw.org.

Pearl Crisis Center provides free supportive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  If you are a victim experiencing abuse, contact Pearl Crisis Center at 800-933-6914 or Day One at 866-223-1111 to connect with services.

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