Hattiesburg recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Debra Greenwood shakes hands with a young man who participated in a vigil to raise domestic violence awareness. — Easton Courier archive

"I am pleased to proclaim October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in order to help increase awareness of this bad problem plaguing our country and even our own community", said Jacobs.

Some Casper residents hope to bring an end to domestic violence in the community.

If you know someone who is a victim of domestic violence or need help yourself, you can call 911 or the Victim's Assistance Center, which is a 24-hour agency. Every child, especially our teens, needs to learn what "domestic violence" means, how to recognize it and how to get help when the need arises. While the rate of domestic violence in our country has decreased over the last two decades, domestic violence continues to spread across our Nation.

A lack of adequate financial resources can make it hard for survivors of domestic violence to leave an abusive situation.

"The powerfully moving Silhouettes exhibit, which depicts the life stories of victims of domestic violence in Ocean County, will be displayed during the presentation", the college noted.

"The significance for the Women's Center is that it's one of our main focuses".

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They can call the Laurel Police Department. "In Hidalgo (County) alone, in 2016 there were four women killed by their intimate partner, and altogether, they left eight children without their mothers".

To remind people that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, FRC has a pair of events scheduled later this month.

"The statistics are staggering: approximately one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life; and nearly half of the women murdered are killed by their intimate partner".

Additionally, Laura McCoy and Gayle Heinrich-Cortes from Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities in Burlington and Ocean Counties will discuss domestic violence services offered through their programs.

Angela Lee, a survivor of domestic violence, spoke at the event. The following day, Friday, Oct. 20, people are encouraged to show up at Tupelo City Hall at noon for a 20-minute silent walk around the downtown building.

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