Clackamas County commissioners on Thursday approved a request from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to proclaim October 2021 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to Erin Henkelman, director of A Safe Place Family Justice Center, the first DVAM was observed in 1987 and today "includes various activities at the local, state and national level."
These activities are designed with intention to "mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived and connecting those who work to end violence," Henkelman said to commissioners on Thursday.
Data from recent years shows domestic violence and other forms of intrapersonal abuse remain a serious problem in Clackamas County. According to the official DVAM proclamation, in 2019, 782 households sought shelter from abuse in their homes and 30.7% of the cases Department of Human Services Child Welfare reviewed involved domestic violence.
A Safe Place, which is comprised of over 10 nonprofit and public agencies dedicated to providing survivors of intrapersonal abuse with comprehensive services free of charge, received 4,621 visits in 2019 and 1,328 visits in 2020 seeking aid and refuge from violence, per the proclamation.
"To date, we've provided advocacy and support to over 5,000 individuals seeking services for the first time and had over 20,000 visits for service," Henkelman said.
To learn more about domestic violence resources in Clackamas County, click here.
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