MEDIA ADVISORY-- U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez to Participate in Saturday’s Domestic Violence Awareness Run
5K Community Run on Oct. 15, 2016 Sponsored by Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women as Part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
ALBUQUERQUE – On Sept. 30, 2016, the President of the United States proclaimed October 2016 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and called on “all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to support victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.” U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez is responding to the President’s appeal by sponsoring and participating in a series of trainings and events aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence, helping survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives, and holding accountable those who engage in this criminal conduct.
In support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, U.S. Attorney Martinez will participate in tomorrow’s (Oct. 15, 2016) 5K Community Run sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (the Coalition). Immediately before the run begins, the U.S. Attorney will join Deleana OtherBull, Executive Director of the Coalition, in making brief welcoming remarks.
The U.S. Attorney is participating in the Community Run to draw awareness to the fact that Native American women experience violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and murder, at rates dramatically higher than other women in this country. Four out of five Native women are affected by violence, with 55% of their experiences being domestic violence. Through this event, the Coalition is drawing awareness to the impact of domestic violence on our Native women and children and honors their resilience, strength and spirit.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to improving the safety of women in our tribal communities by working with tribal governments and organizations like the Coalition to decrease the number of Native American women who fall victim to violence and to strengthen the capacity of tribal governments to respond to violent crimes and support victims.
EVENT DETAILS AND SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Tingley Beach & Paseo Del Bosque Trail
7:00-8:30 am – Registration
9:00 am – Opening and Traditional Welcoming
9:15 am – Start of 5K Run or Walk
10:00 am – Start of 1K Kiddo Run