Gov. McCrory proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Press Release

From the State of North Carolina:

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 2014 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in North Carolina, urging citizens to reach out and offer safety and support to friends and family – or anyone – they believe to be in danger of abuse.

 “Domestic violence is something we can’t turn our back on in North Carolina,” First Lady Ann McCrory said. “Last year, domestic violence programs throughout our state served nearly 57,345 victims and provided shelter for about 14,543 victims. These numbers show we have the strength and will to serve others in need, and serves as a hopeful reminder that our state has always been one of compassion and action. However, they also reveal that more must be done to combat this abuse and save lives.”

 Governor McCrory’s Crime Commission, the N.C. Council for Women and the Department of Public Safety are all dedicated to domestic violence prevention and support services. All told, state-funded programs serve nearly 60,000 victims annually.

 The North Carolina Department of Justice reported in the spring that in 2013, 108 women, men and children lost their lives due to domestic violence-related homicides.

 Click here for a copy of the proclamation.

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