WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission approved a proclamation for the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter (TVRS)proclaiming Oct. 19-23 to be Domestic Violence Awareness week and the month of October to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Kim Ryan and Sherri Hatfield from the TVRS were in attendance at the meeting and approached the commission with the proclamation.Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith made the motion to approve the proclamation. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Diann Hannah. Smith read the proclamation to the public.
In a Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation issued from the White House it states,”Domestic violence impacts women, men and children of every age, background and belief. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Victims are deprived of their autonomy, liberty, and security and face tremendous threats to their health and safety. During National Domestic Violence Awareness month, we reaffirm our dedication to forging an America where no one suffers the hurt and hardship that domestic violence cause— and we recommit to doing everything in our power to uphold the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.
While physical marks may often be the most obvious signs of the harm caused by domestic violence, the true extent of the pain goes much deeper. Victims not only face abuse, but often find themselves left with significant financial insecurity. And children who witness domestic violence often experience lifelong trauma. These heinous acts go against all we know to be humane and decent, and they insult our most fundamental ideals. We all have a responsibility to try to end this grave problem.
Prior to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), many did not view domestic violence as a serious offense, and victims often had nowhere to turn for support. VAWA significantly transformed our Nation— it enhanced the criminal justice response to violence against women and expanded survivors’ access to immediate assistance and long-term resources to rebuild their lives. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act is another important piece of legislation that improved our public health response to domestic violence and increased the availability of critical services for victims.”
The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter is located in Williamson and can be contacted at 304-235-6121.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242,ext.2279.)