Woman's Club and PCPD raise awareness of domestic violence

Michael Pike a domestic violence investigator with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office holds a candle Thursday during a domestic violence awareness candlelight vigil at the gazebo at Coburn Park on Water Street in Skowhegan

Wearing shiny red high heels, Elko County Commissioner Delmo Andreozzi declared October 14 "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Domestic Violence Awareness Day".

Understanding what domestic violence is and that it can happen to any race, religion, gender or economic status is the first step of awareness.

One of the goals of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to highlight these services and agencies.

Following that will be a special ceremony to honor victims of domestic violence, said Kelley Rainey, northern director of case management services for Family and Children's Services. "Thanks to VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Grant funding provided by the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice we have opened four new outreach offices". According to the Title IX information website knowyourIX.org, "43 percent of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, technology-facilitated, verbal or other forms of controlling abuse".

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According to the Attorney General's office, almost one in three women will be physically assaulted by their partner. Almost 18 percent of all violent offenses reported in Alabama previous year were domestic violence related.

For more information about CEASE Inc., domestic violence, sexual assault, these events and others or to make a donation go to www.ceaseabuse.com or call the office at 423-581-7029 or our 24 hour hotline at 1-800-303-2220. It can begin with someone just listening and caring, and then showing the victims a way out where they had felt trapped and lost.

Nationally, one in three women and one in seven men have experienced intimate partner violence, Rainey said, and domestic violence also spills over into the rest of families and communities. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline automatically connects to a local rape crisis program based on the caller's area code.

And listeners who want to become donors, we are returning to morning guests chatting about what is happening in Our Community, but that doesn't mean you can't donate online if you want to, look for the orange "Donate Now" button above. "At that point we will have a candle lighting vigil for victims of domestic violence, so that's what 'lights up the night'".

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