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County Commission proclaims October 2017 are "Domestic Violence Awareness Month"

Post Date: 
Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:15am

Office of the County Commission
 P R O C L A M A T I O N

WHEREAS, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, Douglas County places the utmost value upon the health and welfare of all of its citizens, and striven to provide a safer and healthier community; and
WHEREAS, domestic violence includes verbal, emotional, economic, sexual, and physical abuse, and all forms of abuse carry long-term physical and mental health implications; and

WHEREAS, the effects of domestic violence reach far beyond its impacts on survivors and their abusers, causing disruption in community schools, places of work and worship, and neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, during October 2017, the Willow Domestic Violence Center, working in partnership with local agencies, businesses, organizations, and groups sponsor and promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month to community-wide attention on survivors and their children, and to promote support of shelters and community programs.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, proclaims the month of October 2017, as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urges the community to speak out against domestic and sexual violence, urges its citizens to support and assist survivors of its heinous crimes, urges community leaders to hold offenders accountable, to make prevention efforts a priority by hosting events, creating policies at school and work, and by supporting and participating in programs designed to reduce and eventually eliminate domestic violence as a societal problem.
ADOPTED this 11th day of October, 2017.