Tuesday Afternoon News, October 6
October Recognized As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(Le Mars) -- October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Cathy Van Mannen of the Council of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence presented a report to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors. Van Mannen says domestic violence not only hurts a family, but it hurts the community. She says woman is domestically assaulted every nine seconds in the United States. As Van Mannen offered her report to the supervisors, a bell can be heard in the background, indicating the time interval between assaults.
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Van Mannen says domestic violence affects everyone. She reports that 13 Iowa women died in 2014 as a result of domestic violence.
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Van Mannen reports the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence serves 19 counties in Iowa, as well as Union county South Dakota, and Dakota and Thurston counties in Nebraska. Each year the organization serves an average of 1800 individuals. Last year 650 women and families were sheltered by CSADV, of that number approximately 340 of them were children.
Van Mannen handed out purple ties to the board of supervisors, asking them to wear the tie in honor of the October Domestic Violence month.