ESCANABA - As I read of another incident of murder in our neighboring state of Wisconsin due to domestic violence, I am so saddened by this tragedy and loss. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the closer to home these incidences happen; the more I am compelled to get the word out on the definition of domestic violence, the warning signs, and where and how to get assistance getting away from an abusive situation. Domestic violence has become a major epidemic in society. It severely affects those involved as well as the children associated with these unions. Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse alone, and some victims do not believe they are being abused because their partner has not physically abused them. Mental and emotional abuse can have just as devastating effects on victims and their children. It can happen in the form of threats, name calling, throwing objects, degrading comments, stalking, and controlling others in the home.