SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Tuesday, the Hampden County District Attorney’s office shed light on dating violence amongst young people.

The DA’s office introduced an outreach program that addressed this kind of violence, to educate high school and college students on the issue, and know the warning signs of an abusive relationship.

The program also focused on the life of local teenager Kathryn Mauke who was tragically murdered by her ex boyfriend in 2015. Mauke’s family was there for the presentation, and hopes it can help anyone struggling with dating violence.

“It can happen to anybody, it’s not always apparent that its happening. So just be there and reach out to the people that you love, and make sure you know what’s going on in their lives.
If someone just had a little more support the maybe could get themselves out of a situation like this,” said Mariah Mauke, Kathryn’s sister.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can call the national hotline at 800-799-7233 or look through the several resources available on the Mass.gov website.