October 2015: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Domestic violence is the intentional and patterned use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and/or economic coercion and abuse that violates an individual’s dignity, security, and psychological and physical well-being; and,

WHEREAS, Domestic violence is a tragic epidemic that has devastating effects on countless, men, women and children from every region, culture and social status; and,

WHEREAS, The 2013 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report indicates that of the 1,237 intimate partner fatalities, approximately 80 percent were female victims; and,

WHEREAS, The 2013 Michigan State Police’s Incident Crime Report indicated that of the 93,572 domestic violence offenses reported, 122 of those included fatalities; and,

WHEREAS, The state of Michigan is committed to taking a firm position against domestic violence and will remain focused on ensuring that victims are safe in their homes and abusers are held accountable for their crimes; and,

WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an important opportunity for citizens to learn more about domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who are providing advocacy efforts, services, and assistance to domestic violence victims;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Michigan.