Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 4, 2013

Domestic Violence Awareness Month recognized

ANDY GOODELL
Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — It happens.

On Tuesday afternoon, Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt signed a proclamation in the Oskaloosa City Council chambers recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Oskaloosa.

The proclamation notes that “violence against women and children continues to escalate.”

It goes on to say that domestic violence has an impact on every person in Oskaloosa as either a survivor, family member, significant other, neighbor or co-worker of a domestic violence survivor.

Many Oskaloosa citizens are dedicated to providing “quality services and assistance to domestic violence survivors,” according to the proclamation. This is done through staffing a 24-hour hotline, responding to emergency calls and offering support and resources, as well as advocacy during criminal justice proceedings and medical exams.

The proclamation also recognized Oskaloosa’s domestic violence volunteer advocates and staff members who promote domestic violence prevention by providing educational programs in schools, civic groups and churches. These people also provide professional training to “medical, mental health, law enforcement, education and criminal justice personnel regarding domestic violence issues,” notes the proclamation.

Continuing education about prevention and services is “vitally important,” according to the proclamation. It also notes that “it is critical to intensify public awareness of domestic violence, to educate people about the need for citizen involvement in efforts to reduce domestic violence, to increase support for agencies providing domestic violence services, and to increase awareness of the healing power of creative expression.”

Tuesday’s proclamation went on to note that Crisis Intervention Services is requesting public support in it’s efforts “toward a society where all women, children and men can live in peace, free from violence and exploitation.”