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Montgomery, Alabama - October marks the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross joins the U.S. Department of Justice in commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month, paying tribute to victims and survivors, and saluting the dedication of advocates, service providers, justice professionals, law enforcement officers, and first responders who tirelessly work in support of survivors.
Domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence can have long-lasting impacts and consequences. Approximately one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe domestic violence in their lifetimes. This month provides an opportunity to spread awareness about domestic violence and encourage everyone to play a role in ending these terrible crimes. The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama also encourage everyone to wear purple on October 19, 2023, or “Purple Thursday,” as it is called. Wearing purple on this day is a symbol of support for survivors and a commitment to ending domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is harmful to individuals, families, and communities, and we share a responsibility to work to end this abuse,” stated Acting United States Attorney Ross. “Working with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, my office uses all of the tools at its disposal to address the systemic problem that is domestic violence.”
Find support using the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) local resource page at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/local-resources. Domestic violence victims can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for immediate help.