POMEROY — Businesses and individuals are asked to “Go Purple” in October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Each October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to a news release from the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office, in 2017, Meigs County had 120 reports/criminal cases of domestic violence. Domestic Violence is physically and emotionally damaging not only to the victim, but it also effects the children who are often present during the violence.
The Victim’s Assistance Office, located in the prosecutor’s office, works with victims as soon as they receive a report and charges are filed. They report all cases to Meigs County Children Services when a child is present, assist with Civil Protection Orders, and provide referrals for services available. They also accompany victims to court and notify them of all court hearings ensuring that the victim’s rights are met, stated the release.
Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney, James K. Stanley encouraged all who witness incidents of domestic violence to report to law enforcement authorities as the victims themselves often do not report.
Domestic Violence Statistics and Facts, provided by the prosecutor’s office, include:
- 92 percent of victims are women.
- Men can be victims.
- 1 out of 4 women have been assaulted by an intimate partner.
- A woman is battered every 9-15 seconds in the United States.
- A child’s exposure to domestic violence is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
- Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to become abusers as adults.
The Victim’s Assistance office recommends that victims of domestic violence, or potential victims, developing a safety plan.
“A violent relationship puts you and your children at risk for injury even death. Developing a safety plan will help provide for your safety and the safety of your children,” stated the release.
Tips to stay safe if you are in a violent relationship, include:
- When an argument occurs, go to a safe room
- Try to have a phone available at all times
- Create a code word or sign that can be used to alert family and friends that you need help.
Use this safety plan if you are preparing to leave a violent relationship.
In addition to a safety plan, it is recommended to have a packed bag ready with the following items: Copies of keys to house and vehicle; Money and debit/credit cards. Open a savings account or get a credit card, if you can do so in secret; Important papers, such as Social Security Cards, Birth Certificates for you and your children. Keep this bag hidden in your home or leave this bag with friends, family, or at work if possible.
After an individual leaves, it is important to learn how to stay safe after you leave a violent relationship. Steps include, change your phone number and change your routine. If your abuser comes to your home, you do not have to let him or her in. Keep the doors closed and locked and call the police.
The Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office and Meigs Victim Assistance are promoting events during the Month of October.
Bookmarks have been created and will be distributed to the local high schools for their students. The bookmarks focus on safe dating and addresses abusive relationship patterns.
The Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley and the Meigs Victims Assistance Program encourages everyone to participate in our light the town campaign. “We are encouraging everyone to light their houses or businesses with purple lights or purple decorations to spread awareness about domestic violence. Purple ribbons are being made for people to wear to show their support to domestic violence victims and survivors,” states the release.
In addition, Oct. 25 is “Wear Purple Day.”
Those participating in either the wear purple day or with purple displays throughout the month are asked to email their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be posed to the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Facebook page.