POMEROY — This October, the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Victim Assistance Program wants to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
To most, the idea of home brings forth a sense of comfort, care, and security; however, for some, home is anything but. Domestic violence is multifaceted and includes physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse, which is often hidden from public view. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community regardless of age, socio-economic status, gender, race, or religion. Statistically speaking, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of domestic violence. These victims are often left with lasting physical and psychological trauma that persists throughout generations as families learn to reassess and cope through the violence that had taken place.
For further insight, the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prosecuted 125 domestic violence offenders in 2019 and 53 thus far in 2020. As for the Victim Assistance Program, advocates have assisted 178 domestic violence victims between 2019 and September 2020.
The purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and wearing the color purple is to make citizens more knowledgeable about how prevalent this issue is, while also showing those who are affected by domestic violence the proper resources to assess:
-The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with highly trained expert advocates. This hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence.
-The National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
-The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
-The National Center for Victims of Crime: 202-467-8700
-The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office: 740-992-3371
-The Meigs County Victim Assistance Program: 740-992-1720
*Immediately call 911 in case of emergency*
Information provided by the Meigs County Proseuctor’s Office and Victim Assistance Program.