Press Release: OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Cheyenne, WY, Governor Mathew Mead has declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). There will be a signing of the proclamation October 5, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Governor's Office. The purpose of DVAM is to connect advocates across the state and the nation who are working to end domestic violence and to raise awareness.
Events in communities across Wyoming and the county will culminate in a powerful statement celebrating the strength of batter women and their children. Domestic Violence is a serious crime that takes many forms and affects thousands. Last year in Wyoming there were 3305 reported incidents of domestic violence. 1733 incidents reported injuries, including broken bones, internal injuries, loss of teeth, unconsciousness, and death.
Nationally, one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. Startlingly, most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created in 1987 to promote increased rights and services for domestic violence victims; to educate the public about the crisis of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in all of our lives; and to encourage involvement and support from our community for domestic violence victims and those who serve them. Here in Wyoming each county has a domestic violence shelter program and each program commemorates DVAM with specific community events and activities.
To learn more about activities in your community and how you can help commemorate 2011 Domestic Violence Awareness Month please call the Wyoming Division of Victim services at 307-777-7200.