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Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:12

Domestic Violence, Break The Cycle, Heal The Hurt

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One in four women in the U.S. will be abused at some point in her life. Two million seek treatment for domestic violence injuries each year and three women are murdered by someone they love everyday.

Domestic Violence affects women across society irrespective of economic status age, lifestyle, or religion and is a persistent threat to the safety and well being of Brevard's women and children.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported 3,828 cases of domestic violence in Brevard County in 2010. Many crimes are never reported because of shame and the fear that nothing can or will be done.

Brevard County Domestic Violence Crimes for 2010:
Murders - 6
Manslaughter -1
Forcible Rape - 32
Forcible Sodomy -23
Forcible Fondling - 27
Aggravated Assault - 759
Aggravated Stalking - 14
Simple Assault - 2,898
Threat/Intimidation - 46
Stalking - 22
Total - 3,828
Source - Florida's County and Jurisdictional Domestic Violence Offenses, 2010.

Please join Palm Bay Police Department, The Victim Services Unit and Brevard NOW for the 3rd Annual Take Back the Night, A community Wide Effort to End Domestic Violence on Saturday, October 1st 5:00 - 8:00pm at Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Rd Palm Bay, FL.

"We want to bring awareness to the community and to help local Domestic Violence Programs. There will be a Self Defense Demonstration, Music, Food and community resource representatives will be on hand. The Silent Witness and Clothesline Project will be on exhibit. Join us as we end with a candlelight Vigil and a moment of Silence."
Michele Paccione, Palm Bay City Council

For more info please contact chairperson Dana Packard at 321-953-8980 or Kathy Shaffer 321-431-7574.

Domestic violence will never be eliminated from society unless society refuses to tolerate it. Much more work needs to be done to implement strategies that hold the most promise. More workplace prevention and victim support programs are needed. Children, the silent victims of domestic violence, often grow up to be victims or abusers themselves. We must break this cycle and teach the next generation that this violence is wrong.


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