WILLIAMSON – At Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Mingo County Commission, a proclamation was signed declaring October to be Domestic Violence Awareness month in Mingo County.
Sherri Hatfield from the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter was present at the meeting to discuss the proclamation. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed every year in October. It grew out of the single day of unity in October 1981 that was organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to connect group that work to end violence against women and children…In 1989, Congress passed a law designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” the representative stated.
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith read the proclamation. The proclamation stated, “Domestic violence is an issue that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels. Domestic violence is widespread and affects over four million Americans each year. One in three Americans has witnessed an instance of domestic violence. Children who grow up in violent homes are believed to be abused and neglected at a rate higher than the national average. Domestic violence cost the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expenses, law enforcement, court costs, shelters, foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
Only a coordinated community effort will put a stop to this heinous crime. Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence. To show support for the numerous organizations, and individuals who provide critical advocacy, services, and assistance to victims. Therefore, it is proclaimed by the County Commission of Mingo County that October be observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge all citizens of Mingo to work together to end domestic violence in our community…”
The proclamation was approved by commissioners following the reading.
Hatfield also provided local statistics concerning domestic violence in our area. These statistics were based on services provided by the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter. “Just a few statistics-From January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016, at the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter, we have provided services to 566 people. That includes Mingo, Logan and Kentucky- the people that are in our area and needed help. We provided bed 1,010 bed nights at the shelter,” Hatfield stated.
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard stated, “Wow. Thank you for making that aware to us and our county and for the services that you are providing.”
The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter is located in Williamson and can be contacted at 304-235-6121.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)