Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This week in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month Governor McDonnell has established the Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board. Craig Carper reports.
The board is tasked with advising the Governor on ways to prevent domestic violence, improve services and encourage previously silent victims to seek help.
Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker says the group will also complete a comprehensive review to clarify and simplify Virginia’s protective order laws, and will look at ways to reduce incidents of dating violence on Virginia’s college campuses. The board is scheduled to provide recommendations to the Governor by September 15th of 2011.
Secretary Decker urges Virginia residents to get involved and see what they can do to help combat domestic violence at their local level.
Decker: There is a tremendous need for volunteers at all levels, particularly at the local level; the local domestic violence shelters, the local domestic violence groups, some of the state organizations we have out there.
The Secretary says the first call for someone in a domestic violence situation should be made to local law enforcement and then to advocacy groups for shelter and support. For more information on state and local domestic violence services, you can go to www.governor.virginia.gov/issues/executiveorders and click on Executive Order Number 25.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square