October 1st 2014 : Press Release
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Utah is also lending its voice to speak out about this pervasive and life threatening crime that affects the very core of communities, families and individuals.
Governor Herbert has officially announced that October 2014 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Utah in a gubernatorial declaration delivered to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC). Kendra Wyckoff, Executive Director of the Coalition, expressed her gratitude to the Governor for recognizing the impact of domestic violence in our state and the need to raise awareness both of the issue itself and the challenges that survivors face to find compassion, comfort and healing after being exposed to a crime that violates an individual's dignity, self-worth, physical and emotional security.
What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and why do we have it?
Domestic violence is not an emerging issue. It is not an issue that only affects the NFL. It is not just today's headline story. But it can feel like that when we watch the news or pick up the paper.
The reality is that domestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive and life-threatening crimes affecting millions of individuals across our nation every day and the horrifying truth of the matter is that on average three women a day die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Homicide Trends in the U.S. from 1976-2005. U.S. Department of Justice (2008)) This is why we have Domestic Violence Awareness Month and why it matters.
Silence about domestic violence, silence about oppression, silence about belittling & demeaning behaviors allow these issues to thrive in our communities and homes. We need to stand together and speak out. We can all play a part and we all have a part to play to end domestic violence.
Join the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition this October to raise awareness about domestic violence and join with us to end the violence.