The purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to raise awareness and support in an effort to end violence. One in four women, and one in six men, will experience domestic violence. Domestic violence does not discriminate – anyone can be a victim.
Mayor Mark S. Nexsen proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lake Havasu City and encourages citizens to stand with domestic abuse survivors, celebrate our community’s progress in combating these despicable crimes, and resolve to carry on until domestic violence is no more.
The Lake Havasu City Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program participates in an annual Silent Witness Project, modeled after the National Silent Witness Initiative. This project brings awareness to the community about the reality of domestic violence, honors those who have fallen victim to domestic violence, and serves as a reminder that domestic violence does not discriminate – it is impartial to age, gender, social status, income, race, and religion. During the month of October, a display of victim silhouettes will be placed at the City Hall lobby. Each silhouette represents an Arizona woman, man, or child who is a victim of domestic violence homicide and each shares the story of their untimely death.
On October 23, 2016, H.A.V.E.N. Family Resource Center hosts the 5th Annual “Save A Life” Domestic Violence Awareness Walk at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City. This event is a gathering of community members to raise awareness, honor victims, and provide resources and support to prevent domestic violence. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m., and includes guest speaker Captain Troy Stirling, t-shirts, goody bags, and information.
According to the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report, Arizona ranks third in domestic violence homicides of women per million population. There is a high probability that domestic violence affects you or someone you know. Victims do not have to suffer alone. There are people available to help. HAVEN provides a safe, comfortable place to access services and receive support and resources 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Call HAVEN at 928-505-3153 if you or someone you know needs help.
Attachment Photo of Proclamation Presentation: Mary Lou O’Connell (Director of HAVEN), Lieutenant Kirk Cesena, Crystal Villarete (Lake Havasu City Attorney’s Office Victim Services Specialist), Mayor Mark Nexsen, Chief Dan Doyle, and Captain Troy Stirling