Domestic violence awareness on the rise across county

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SAN DIEGO -- Holding up large posters with the faces of their slain loved ones, family and friends of victims of domestic violence crowded Center City Plaza downtown Thursday evening.

Local politicians, community leaders and law enforcement officials stood by families as they remembered their loved ones to kick-off October Domestic Violence Awareness month.

According to the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, there was a 2% increase of reported domestic violence incidents to SD County law enforcement bringing the total number to 16,897. There were also at least 16 domestic violence murders in 2014, compared to the seven homicides the year before.

Councilman Todd Gloria, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, read aloud the names of those were killed in domestic violence last year.

Claudia Sinkule was there with her husband to remember their daughter Nicole Crystal Sinkule.

Nicole was 25 years old when she was beaten to death with a hammer by her then boyfriend.

The victim's mother said October 16th marks 10 years since her death and the wounds are reopened around this time every single year.

To help cope, she and her husband launched the Nicole Sinkule Foundation. They spend their time sharing their daughter's story and telling women and men there is always a way out of an abusive relationship.

For more information on how you canĀ  get help or offer help to loved ones, you can visit www.thehotline.org.

There is a National Domestic Violence Hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-7233.

The San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-888-385-4657.

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