County recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners 9-10-2013

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners stand with law enforcement and representatives from the Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force after signing a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their Sept. 10 meeting.

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved of a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their Sept. 10 meeting.

“I’ve been asked to speak a little on domestic violence,” said Police Chief Chris Wells. “There’s an average of 10 arrests a week related to domestic violence and if you do the numbers it’s two a day.”

He said that since 2010 there have been 75 cases a year with a trend that’s increasing and for every one that reports domestic violence there’s seven that go unreported.

“A local task force has been created called the Washington Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force,” said Wells. “Victims need to know they have options.”

Sherry Snell, Administrative Assistant for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners also gave her testimony against domestic violence.

“I was a victim of all these kinds of abuses for 10 years,” said Snell. “I was being abused when a lot of you first met me and I’m sure none of you ever knew. Domestic violence happens every day and it could be happening to someone you come into contact with on a regular basis and never know it.”

She said it happens to wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends and even men.



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