October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and whether we hear about it or not, domestic violence happens too often in our community.

It's not just physical. This can also be emotional. And it does not affect just the couple involved, the whole family suffers. Speaking from experience, I've witnessed domestic violence within my own family from childhood to growing up. To this day I still have memories that will stay with me for a long time.

Across the Yakima Valley, the Yakama Nation and beyond the valley, in some way, someone is going through something relating to domestic violence.

Most people they have a way out and and someone to talk to. But in some situations, that is not the case. Sometimes it ends in death.

If you or someone you know is going through domestic violence, the YWCA of Yakima is always here to help. Here's how to connect with YWCA resources:

Meantime, here are some events coming up to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Candlelight Vigil
Oct. 26
YWCA of Yakima
818 W. Yakima Ave.

Warrior Women 5K
Oct. 28
Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Drive
10 a.m.-noon