National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Just two weeks ago, a domestic violence incident left three people dead.

Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Farrier killed his estranged girlfriend, their infant daughter and then he fatally shot himself. Authorities say he had a history of domestic violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Shelter House operates a few homes across Walton and Oskaloosa counties. This month, that organization is holding outdoor vigils for its victims.

On the steps of the Walton County Courthouse, a candlelight ceremony took place for those killed by domestic violence. Twenty-six names were read aloud. That’s how many victims of domestic violence have died since 1991 in Walton and Oskaloosa counties.
Over recent years, law enforcement agencies across the country have become more aware of its dangers, its been described as a national epidemic.

For those looking to seek shelter or report domestic violence, call 1-800-44-ABUSE.

At six o'clock next Tuesday night, an outdoor candlelight vigil will be held on the steps of the Oskaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview, Florida.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Background

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

  • The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

  • In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

  • In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.

Getting Help

  • If you need immediate assistance, dial 911 or contact your local police station.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.
  • Contact the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence nearest you: View List Here

How are you being treated?

  • Answer questions from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence HERE.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


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