Woman's Club and PCPD raise awareness of domestic violence

Woman's Club and PCPD raise awareness of domestic violence

YWCA Pierce County has chose to hold Domestic Violence Action Month in hopes of changing the way people see and talk about domestic violence and ending the stigma surrounding rape.

Almost one in every four women, and one in every seven men, are victims of domestic violence at some point in their life, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"Anytime we can apprehend a person accused of domestic violence it provides a level of safety and security to the victim which they don't have when the person has not been caught", said Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker in a statement.

Since releasing this year's "Love Does Not Hit" domestic violence wanted list less than a week ago, Silent Observer has received 40 tips and assisted local police in making 10 arrests.

The 23rd annual Men's March Against Violence began at the State Capitol rotunda with a remembrance of lives lost to domestic violence.

"We're having an evening race starting at 5 p.m". "At that point we will have a candle lighting vigil for victims of domestic violence, so that's what 'lights up the night'".


Domestic violence is not confined to just within a household.

Community members gathered in Coburn Park to raise awareness of the programs available to help those in abusive relationships.

In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CEASE will be having events in each of the counties they serve to increase awareness and celebrate the expansion. "When you ask people, "Are you in favor of healthy relationships for yourself and friends and family?" most answer with a resounds, 'Yes!'"

The YWCA offers a 24/7 domestic violence hotline.(315-797-7740.) previous year, the hotline fielded almost 2.400 calls.

Heffle says the Situational Awareness training offered at tomorrow's luncheon is part of the Men's Wellness Program, which aims to instill physical, mental emotional and spiritual wellness within families and communities. "By knowing a 24-hour hotline, we're able to make sure that we can pass it along to somebody", she said.

Marshall praised the work of victims' advocates across the state, who work to provide information and support to those affected by domestic violence.

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