Wondering what all of the purple lights are about? They’re part of Domestic Violence Awareness month this October.
Two representatives of Plumas Rural Services domestic violence program were before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 1, requesting support of a proclamation in support of the awareness month and its activities.
PRS Domestic Violence Services Coordinator Elizabeth Page and Shelter Specialist and Case Manager Sarah Holcomb presented their request before the board and read the proclamation.
Page said that she remembered Supervisor Sherrie Thrall’s comment from last year’s proclamation presentation. At that time she had planned wholesome family activities in just Quincy. This year those activities include special opportunities in Greenville and Portola as well.
These activities include upcoming family movie nights in Greenville and Portola and the annual Color Run in Quincy on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Whereas, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence one in every three teenagers, one in every four women and one in every six men will experience domestic violence during their lifetime;
Whereas, approximately 15.5 million children are exposed top domestic violence every year; in our County of Plumas, Plumas Rural Services Domestic Violence Services has served 153 clients during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Notably, there are many more who have not come forward to seek help;
Whereas, the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including children, pets and the elderly;
Whereas, domestic violence is widespread and is devastating to society as a whole;
Whereas; the problem of domestic violence is not confined to any group or groups of people, but crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers, and is sustained by societal indifference;
Whereas, the survivors of violence should have access to medical and legal services, counseling, safe housing and other supportive services so that they can escape the cycle of abuse;
Whereas, local programs, state coalitions, national organizations, and other agencies nationwide are committed to increasing public awareness of domestic violence and its prevalence, and to eliminating it through prevention and education;
Whereas; it is important to recognize the compassion and dedication of the individuals who provide services to victims of domestic violence and work to increase public understanding of this significant problem;
Now therefore, in recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs and victim’s service providers, I do hereby proclaim the month of October 2019 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs sponsored by Plumas Rural Services to work toward the elimination of domestic violence.