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U.S. Attorney’s Office Sponsors Events Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 19, 2012

Boston - In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the United States Attorney’s Office sponsored two events that reaffirm its commitment to ending violence against women.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said, “I believe that it is important that we all stand together to spread awareness about a crime that remains a taboo subject in our society. We recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month to show that we support the victims, honor the survivors, and mourn those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with state and local law enforcement to end violence against women in America. And while there is much to be done, we all have a role to achieve this end together.”

Observed during the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is commemorated around the country by advocates, victim service providers, law enforcement, the judiciary, and survivors to raise awareness about domestic violence. Domestic violence is a widespread epidemic that impacts women, men and children throughout the nation regardless of age, race, religion, or socio-economic background. According to President Obama’s Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an average of one in three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of these violent acts.

On October 18, the documentary, “Power and Control” was shown at the Moakley Courthouse for all employees as well as the public. This film follows one woman’s struggle to leave her physically and verbally abusive husband and begin a new, independent life with her daughters.

An exhibit entitled, “Empty Place at the Table” continues to be on display on the 2nd floor of the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse. The exhibit shows how domestic violence has devastating effects on a family and a community when domestic violence leads to homicide. Additionally, the exhibit highlights a domestic violence homicide case that occurred in Massachusetts.

To view the President’s Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, follow this link:

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