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      Prayer for victims of domestic violence

      Since October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, law enforcement and community members met early Monday morning in Iron Mountain for prayer and a dedication of crosses to honor lives lost as a result of domestic violence.

      The dedication was hosted by the Caring House in Iron Mountain which seeks to help victims of domestic violence. Attending the ceremony at the First Covenant Church included State Police, Kingsford Public Safety, Iron Mountain Police, Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello, and members of the Dickinson County court system. The group spent time in prayer for families and victims of domestic violence, as well as increased community awareness.

      â??All too often we hear stories about, 'Well, it's a family matter, it's not something we shouldn't get involved in,â?? but it is a societal issue and it's time that we all became involved and stop the violence in our homes,â?? said Caring House Executive Director, Cheryl Oâ??Neil. Every year in Michigan, close to 50 to 80 people lose their lives as a result of domestic violence.