Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 Whereas,        violence against women, children, and men continues to become more prevalent as a social problem in our society; and 

 

Whereas,          in 2005 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, domestic violence programs offered 208,708 safe nights of shelter to women, children and men; 24-hour intervention and referrals in response to 72,134 hotline calls; and 106,995 hours of counseling and advocacy to families; and

 

Whereas,         in 2005, the Shelter for Help in Emergency offered 4,514 safe nights of shelter to women, children and men; 24-hour intervention and referrals in response to 1,080 hotline calls; and 2,528 hours of counseling and advocacy to families; and

 

Whereas,         the problems of domestic violence are not confined to any group or groups of people but cross all economic, racial and societal barriers, and are supported by societal indifference; and 

 

Whereas,         the crime of domestic violence violates an individualís privacy, dignity, security, and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse, with the impact of this crime being wide-ranging; and

 

Whereas,         in our quest to impose sanctions on those who break the law by perpetrating violence, we must also meet the needs of victims of domestic violence who often suffer grave physical, psychological and financial losses; and

 

Whereas,         it is victims of domestic violence themselves who have been in the forefront of efforts to bring peace and equality to the home; and

 

Whereas,         the Shelter for Help in Emergency commemorates its 27th  year of providing unparalleled services to women, children and men who have been victimized by domestic violence; 

 

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that in recognition of the important work being done by the Shelter for Help in Emergency, I, Dennis S. Rooker, Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2006 as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs sponsored by the Shelter for Help in Emergency, and to work toward the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women, children, and men.

 

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