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Whereas, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy, services, and assistance to victims.
Domestic violence does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, or economic status; ANYONE can be a victim. The Michigan State Police Incident Crime Report indicated that there were 92,823 victims of domestic violence in 2016. There were a reported 419 victims in Lenawee County. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine how many more victims that are suffering silently and not involving law enforcement.
Domestic violence not only affects the health and safety of an individual, but the medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, work absenteeism, and non-productivity affect our entire community. Only a coordinated effort will put a stop to this atrocious crime.
While we are fortunate to have critical resources working together for such a worthy cause in Lenawee County, our collective mission must be to eliminate the need for such services.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, in recognition of the important work of domestic violence programs, the Board of Commissioners hereby proclaims the month of October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Be It Further Resolved that all citizens are challenged to recognize the signs of abuse, to become familiar with support systems available for families victimized by abuse, and to seek solutions for breaking the cycle of abuse. The Zonta Club of Lenawee also promotes the awareness, recognition and eradication of domestic violence through their “Zonta Says NO” campaign this month. For more information, visit the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence or the National Network to End Domestic Violence website. Check into volunteer opportunities to address domestic violence by calling the Catherine Cobb Safe House Administration office at 517-265-5352; and for immediate HELP call