October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Maricopa Police Department, Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Against Abuse Inc. are hosting a Break the Silence; End the Violence Walk at Pacana Park on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
• In Arizona, one or more children witness a domestic violence incident every 44 minutes.
• One in four women and one in seven men has been a victim of severe physical domestic violence.
• Domestic violence does not only occur in heterosexual couples; 43 percent of lesbian women and 26 percent of gay men have experienced sexual assault, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• In one day in Arizona in 2014, there were 171 unmet requests for domestic violence services, 154 of those for safe housing due to lack of resources.
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear and “Break the Silence; End the Violence.”
For more information, contact MPD Community Programs Manager Mary Witkofski at 520-316-6844.