October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Surprise, AZ (October 10, 2015) October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when battered women’s advocates across the nation focus attention on the epidemic of domestic violence, and encourage everyone to become part of the solution. The Surprise Police Department in an effort to increase awareness of domestic violence will be participating in the following events:
This month, the Surprise Police Department will be conducting a warrant round-up in regard to domestic violence related incidents. The goal of the operation is to clear as many outstanding domestic violence warrants as possible. During the operation, suspects will be provided information on breaking the cycle of domestic violence, anger management, drug/alcohol abuse counseling and counseling centers. Also, our victim’s advocates will notify the victims of their abusers arrest, as well as offer support and additional resources. The warrant round-up is done as a proactive measure in an attempt to prevent future domestic violence incidents from occurring.
On October 6, 2015, Mayor Sharon Wolcott will be presenting a Domestic Violence Proclamation during the Surprise City Council Meeting. Those in attendance will include; members of the Surprise Police Department Victim’s Assistance Unit, victim’s advocates from the Surprise City Prosecutor’s Office, along with Marci Chenoweth, Program Director from Eves Place (www.safetyatevesplace.org).
On October 8, 2015, the city prosecutor’s office is hosting a training session for the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program. The Surprise Police Department Victim’s Advocates will be attending this event to receive certification in the program. This program will enhance safety for victims of domestic violence by keeping their information private.
October 15, 2015, is National “Wear Purple Day”. We encourage all members of our community to join the City of Surprise employees and wear purple clothing to help increase awareness of domestic violence here in Surprise.
Domestic violence is everyone’s business. It affects all of us; every family, every workplace, every community. And each one of us has a role to play in stopping domestic violence. Action can be as simple as contributing money or clothing to a local battered women’s shelter, volunteering time to a program that aids victims of abuse, talking to a child about relationship violence, offering support to a battered woman, or posting awareness materials in public places.
If you need assistance in regards to domestic violence, please contact the Surprise Police Department Victim’s Assistance Unit at 623.222.4312 or 623.222.4342.