Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published 10:28 pm Thursday, October 1, 2015


Editor’s Note: The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved the following resolution during its Sept. 28 meeting recognizing October as Domestic Violence Month in Polk County.

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            WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Commissioners are honored to join the citizens of Polk County in thanking advocacy groups, volunteers, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel who have devoted many hours to safety, prevention, and ultimately putting an end to Domestic Violence in Polk County; and

            WHEREAS, Domestic Violence is an intolerable offense against human dignity that shatters the lives and families of those touched by violence; resulting ultimately in life-long feelings of despair and helplessness; and

            WHEREAS, across the United States 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of Domestic Violence in their lifetime; nearly 20 people per minute are exposed to domestic violence in the United States, which amounts to more than 10 million women and men per year; and

            WHEREAS, October has been formally recognized as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”, allowing communities to acknowledge and show their support for the victims and their families of these heinous crimes; and

            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; and

            WHEREAS, through community prevention and intervention, Polk County can work together to end Domestic Violence and protect the citizens of our county.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Polk County Board of Commissioners does hereby proclaim October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and calls upon all Polk County citizens, medical facilities, community agencies, businesses, elected leaders and faith groups to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby working together to eliminate domestic violence from our community.


This 28th day of September, 2015.