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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and this October marks the 6th straight year SC has ranked in the top five in the United States for the number of women killed by men, ranking fifth for the second year in a row. However, there is another very serious issue that needs a great deal of attention and awareness - domestic violence!

There are ways people can become involved and help end domestic violence in their community. "So we need to look at all the ripple effects that domestic violence has on our community". Every child, especially our teens, needs to learn what "domestic violence" means, how to recognize it and how to get help when the need arises. She feels talking about domestic violence can be hard because it is a problem that can be contained in a family unit.

"In the middle of that horrific experience, they're not in a position to make a phone call", Harper said.

Domestic violence is commonly viewed as physical abuse, but the NCADV says it also includes "name-calling, threats, possessiveness or distrust", all of which the abuser may apologize for and say he or she is doing them "out of love or care".

Angela Lee, a survivor of domestic violence, spoke at the event. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for support, resources and advice for your safety...

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That is why the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are engaged in the critical work of funding domestic violence shelters and hotlines.

SC has long struggled with high rates of domestic violence and ranks fifth in the nation for women killed by domestic abuse. "Last year, we served 700 women and children through our facility".

Blackmon says her services are not just for women.

As part of the initiative, Hidalgo County commissioners presented a proclamation to the district attorney's office and Purple Day participants, declaring October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As further support of domestic violence awareness, the City of Cullman has once again allowed the display of silhouette "silent witnesses" in front of Cullman City Hall.

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