October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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10/13/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487

October is nationally designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of this event, uniformed patrol officers will wear purple lapel ribbons throughout the month.

National statistics show that one in four women and one in 13 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. As this crime is still heavily under-reported, the true figures are likely much higher.  Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.

In an effort to prevent Domestic Violence and promote community awareness, the Escondido Police Department will sponsor a booth at the Escondido Street Fair, scheduled for this Sunday October 16th from 10am to 5pm.  A bilingual uniformed police officer will be available to answer questions about laws pertaining to Domestic Violence.  Our Community Outreach Liaison, Letty Garduno, works extensively with our Immigrant Community and will be in attendance as well.

The Police Department has partnered with the Center for Community Solutions, (1-888-DVLINKS (385-4657) which is a countywide Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, to provide information pamphlets and other resource materials.  Residents will find other valuable, Domestic Violence related resource materials on the City’s main web page, the Police Department’s web page and Facebook page, and City’s Facebook page.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.