Acknowledging that domestic violence is a problem, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has declared October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the County in an effort to bring the problem to light. This action was taken during the Commissioners’ Oct. 15 meeting.
The Commissioners noted that public awareness and education about domestic violence are needed since every child, woman, and man has the right to live a life free of violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and community. Locally, the S.H.A.R.E. House and the Task Force on Family Violence provide services to women, men and children who have been affected by domestic violence. Services from these organizations include assistance in obtaining restraining and Temporary Protection Orders; 24-hour crisis lines; emergency housing; and counseling to victims regardless of gender as well as other services.
Through this proclamation, the Board of Commissioners encourages the public to educate themselves about the impact of domestic violence and to familiarize themselves with the resources and programs available. As part of the month designation, dctv23’s “Legally Speaking” program airing nightly at 10 p.m. addresses many of the programs of the Task Force. dctv23 is the Douglas County government access channel on Comcast with simulcast on www.CelebrateDouglasCounty.com and on demand from www.dctv23.com.