October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We are five days into the month of October, but each day in America, every 18 seconds, a domestic violence incident unfolds.
That is just one reason why the Harrison County Board of Supervisors made an official proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
At this morning’s meeting, Board President Connie Rocko presented the proclamation to a court advocate with the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence, who expressed appreciation for the board’s efforts to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Gracey Freeman with the Harrison County Center for Non-Violence said, “Domestic violence is a very big part of our community down here and also worldwide. We serve over 2,000 victims just alone here on the Gulf Coast. We also answer over 15,000 crisis calls a year here annually at the Center for Non-Violence, just specifically here on the Gulf Coast.”
Each year, thousands of people are helped through services offered by the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence including counseling and transitional housing.