WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Gov. Walker declared Friday as Domestic Violence Awareness Day and asked Wisconsinites to wear the symbolic color of purple to mark the day.
In Wisconsin, there's a lot of focus on Wausau area native Kira Steger, and whether she could have avoided being murdered in Minnesota by her husband Jeffrey Trevino.
He was convicted earlier this month, upset that she was seeing another man.
It was never made clear whether Steger feared for her safety before she was beaten-and-smothered to death -- or if she sought help before getting divorce papers that were found in her vehicle when she disappeared in February.
Jane Graham-Jennings of the Women's Community in Wausau says part of Steger's legacy is encouraging other women in her situation to get help -- to not live in pain, and recognize there are ways to better themselves.
Graham-Jennings says domestic violence escalates. Eighty-five percent of killings take place after a victim leaves an abuse partner or threatens to leave.
Graham-Jennings heads an agency which provides resources and shelter for abused women.
A family friend made a bench in Steger's honor and presented it to the Women's Community.
Steger's funeral is Saturday in Rothschild.
Her body was found in May, but her family could not bring her home until after Jeffrey Trevino's recent trial.