October 2016: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
WHEREAS, domestic violence perpetrators intentionally use a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and/or economic coercion and abuse to control their intimate partners, violating their dignity, security and psychological as well as physical well-being; and,
WHEREAS, domestic violence perpetrators cause significant and long-lasting trauma to countless women and men of every religion, culture as well as economic and social status; and,
WHEREAS, when children are involved, domestic violence perpetrators’ choices to be violent and abusive are parenting choices that often have a devastating and far reaching adverse impact on the safety and well-being of children and their non-offending parents; and,
WHEREAS, the 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report indicates that of the 1,203 intimate partner fatalities, approximately 80 percent were female victims and 20 percent were male victims. Additionally, the 2014 Michigan State Police’s Incident Crime Report indicated that there were 91,147 domestic violence offenses reported to Michigan law enforcement during that year, and 125 of those included fatalities; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to holding domestic violence perpetrators accountable, employing interventions in order to reduce the risk and harm to all victims as well as providing victims the resources and support they deserve to enhance their safety and well-being; and,
WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an important opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and to demonstrate support for the numerous organizations and individuals who provide advocacy efforts, services and assistance to victims;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Michigan.