Police promote domestic violence awareness

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

NCADV’s vision is to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated and where society empowers victims and survivors while holding abusers accountable. The group’s Day of Unity, held in 1981, evolved into Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is marked each October.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Plainville Police Department is selling $10 domestic violence awareness-themed patches, with the proceeds going to the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain.

In a recent Facebook post, the Plainville PD states: “Prudence Crandall is a non-profit organization utilized by many local police departments to help victims of Domestic Violence, the majority being women and children. Prudence Crandall helps 8,000 victims a year through a variety of programs which include providing shelter, housing, counseling and support and guidance through court proceedings.

“Many times Domestic Violence victims are forced to leave their house with only the clothes on their back.

“Prudence Crandall provides them with clothing, toiletries, diapers, baby furniture, food, household items and other essentials.”

The domestic violence awareness-themed patches can be purchased at the Plainville Police Department.

In a Sept. 30 proclamation, President Joe Biden stated, “Today, we recognize the important roles of the public and private sectors, non-profit organizations, communities, and individuals in helping to prevent and address domestic violence and create a culture that refuses to tolerate abuse.

“Domestic violence affects millions of people in the United States, causes significant harm to the physical and mental health of survivors and their families, undermines their economic stability and overall well-being, and is a stain on the conscience of our country.”

In an Oct. 5 press release, the U.S. Justice Department announced more than $476 million in Office on Violence Against Women grants. 

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a sobering reminder of the harm domestic violence inflicts across our country, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic means that for many survivors, abuse may be compounded by being isolated with an abuser, loss of income and stress over the virus itself,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco stated in the release.

“These OVW grants will provide local organizations with resources to support survivors as they heal, promote victim access to justice, and further local, state and tribal training efforts to best prepare officials to respond to these dangerous calls.”

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