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Law enforcement, nonprofits highlight domestic violence awareness month

Posted: Monday, Oct 1st, 2012

During October, law enforcement agencies and fire personnel across Santa Cruz County will place purple ribbons on their vehicles, an international symbol that has come to represent efforts to end domestic violence.

Local coffee shops will also be promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which runs through October, on their coffee cups.

According to statistics from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, police across the county responded to 3,289 domestic violence calls in 2011, and made 331 arrests.

According to the sheriff’s office, someone is physically, sexually, psychologically or verbally abused by an intimate partner every 15 seconds.

Throughout October, the Register-Pajaronian will print daily police reports of domestic violence calls.

“Domestic Violence is happening in epic proportions prop in our community,” said Kristie Clemens, director of the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center’s Domestic Violence Services Department. “It’s an issue we all need to be aware of, and it impacts every aspect of our lives. The impacts are so damaging.”

For the complete article see the 10-02-2012 issue.

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