Candlelight vigil remembers domestic violence victims

  • Candlelight vigil remembers domestic violence victims

Candlelight vigil remembers domestic violence victims

WAVI's mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, education and support services.

Joplin, MO- A new display is set up in the Student Center at MSSU to recognize domestic violence awareness month.

Dozens of Hidalgo County officials, advocates and community members huddled Tuesday in a sea of purple to stand together against domestic violence.

Community Relations Director Nicole Matthews-Creech says shedding light on a hard topic such as domestic violence is important all year long, but it is equally important to place a focus on it by sending the message that domestic violence is unacceptable in every community. Domestic violence awareness shirts will also be available for sale at the event.

Domestic Violence is a national issue and is defined as a pattern of coercive behavior that is culturally learned and socially condoned.

The DVLN was formed in 1986 by professionals from law enforcement, the judiciary and victims' services agencies for the goal of sharing resources and expertise to serve domestic violence victims more effectively.

"The significance for the Women's Center is that it's one of our main focuses".

Of the department's more than 213,000 calls for service previous year, 14,903 were domestic violence-related, or 7 percent, the chief said.

"Getting people to the finish line so that the protection is there that they so desperately need", Kehs said.

As part of the initiative, Hidalgo County commissioners presented a proclamation to the district attorney's office and Purple Day participants, declaring October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Studies say that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted in America and that up 10 million children witness domestic violence annually. 1,050 of those were victims of domestic violence. The NCADV also says that "emotional and psychological abuse can often be just as extreme as physical violence", yet victims in these cases are less likely to see it as abuse. The following day, Friday, Oct. 20, people are encouraged to show up at Tupelo City Hall at noon for a 20-minute silent walk around the downtown building.