At the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil last Tuesday night, we heard from several great speakers.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s chief deputy, Rocky Harnen, spoke about how many domestic violence calls are placed right here in Jackson County. He said that just the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department had received almost 400 domestic violence calls in 2018. Harnen reminded everyone that this is just the calls that they receive. That number does not include all the city municipal police departments in Jackson County.
Four hundred calls regarding domestic violence by October 16, 2018 is a staggering number. This is just the amount of incidents where police got called. It starts to make you wonder just how many more calls are not made. What happens to all of those victims that do not reach out for help? What is taking place in the homes that are still silent? In the state of Alabama there have been 67 domestic violence related homicides. Sometimes when domestic violence goes unreported it is because it is too late.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in your home, it is so important to reach out and get help. Domestic violence advocates are trained to assist people in getting out of these situations as safely as possible. No one should be afraid to go home.
Every October we promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What started as a day of action has blossomed into an entire month where people talk about intimate partner violence and how we can make change possible. Domestic violence affects everyone, and we all need to stand together to support survivors. If we as a community come together and support our survivors and their children we are promoting a future without violence.
As we come to the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018, we hope that you have been able to participate in one of the events in Jackson County and provide support to all survivors. If you have not had a chance, please go see our Domestic Violence Community Awareness displays. They will be up until the end of the month at the following locations: Scottsboro City Hall, Hollywood City Hall, Stevenson City Hall, Bridgeport City Hall, Woodville Town Hall, and Skyline Town Hall. You will be glad that you did. All of the t-shirts on display were decorated by survivors and children in Crisis Services of North Alabama Shelters. They provide a message of awareness and hope!
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, Crisis Services of North Alabama Jackson County Office can help. We offer free, confidential advocacy and support. You may contact our office locally at (256)574-5826 or at our 24 hour HELPline at (256)716-1000.

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