Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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dvam_purpleOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Gilbert and around the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice, one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. Gilbert is looking to raise awareness about the resources and organizations that are available to provide critical advocacy, services, and assistance to victims.

Gilbert offers a Domestic Violence and Counseling program. This program provides an assessment, counseling, court monitoring, and referral for both victims and offenders of domestic violence. The assessment looks at any prior history of domestic violence, substance abuse, self-esteem, and the relationship between the offender and the victim. Clients are assessed and referred to the most appropriate counseling program. For additional information, please contact (480) 635-7701.

The following events will be hosted in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Saturday, October 22, 2016
iRun4Good 5K, Fun Run and Community Fair to Support Domestic Violence Awareness
This is a great opportunity to rally for the good of the community and raise awareness while having fun and making a positive difference in Gilbert. Faith-groups, nonprofits, businesses, schools, individuals and local government are all invited to participate. All net proceeds will be donated to benefit victims of domestic violence.

A community fair will take place before, during and after the race with information on community services and resources. Learn more at www.irun4good.org

Thursday, October 20, 2016
“Wear Purple Day”
 
Residents and businesses are encouraged to show their support for victims and survivors of domestic violence by wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon.

Follow @GilbertPolice  on Twitter as well as on Facebook throughout the month of October for additional information on domestic violence and tips on how to prevent it.