October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Fountain Hills is among other cities across the country that make a public proclamation of observance. Although the Awareness Month began in 1981, progress took off in 1994 when the Violence Against Women Act was passed, an effort led by then Senator Joe Biden. Since that time, the rate of domestic violence has dropped by nearly two-thirds!
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 12 million Americans are affected by domestic violence each year. It is estimated that nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is a victim.
On October 2, Mayor Kavanagh will read a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fountain Hills. Citizens are encouraged to attend the Town Council meeting at 5:30pm where it will be read.
This is a partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) as a county-wide effort to enlighten, educate and end domestic violence. MAG’s Regional Domestic Violence initiative develops and implements strategies to reduce the incidence of and trauma associated with domestic violence. There is a focus of working with survivors, law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates with the goal of enhancing the way the region arrests and prosecutes domestic violence offenders.
For the entire month of October, the dome of Town Hall will be illuminated with a purple glow in support of these efforts.
Click here for more information: http://azmag.gov/Programs/Domestic-Violence