WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender, and income levels, The Domestic Violence Statistics Organization states that every nine (9) seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted and/or beaten; and

WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control says, one (1) in four (4) women and one (1) in seven (7) men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, the Huffington Post states that 10,000,000 children are exposed to domestic violence every year; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence costs the nation over 8.3 billion dollars annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and

WHEREAS, according to Donna Horton, Executive Director of the Hartley House in Clovis, New Mexico, the Hartley House assisted 400 clients in 2016, these were victims and their children, and provided 3,600 shelter nights; and

WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy, services, and assistance to victims;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Ben McDaniel, Chairman of Curry County Commission, do hereby designate the month of October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urge the citizens of Curry County to work together to eliminate domestic violence from our community.
Done this 3rd day of October 2017.

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