Staff photo by Michael Thomason
To kick off domestic violence awareness month, purple tear drop ribbons will hang from the
trees on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn. Henrietta Jones, who works for the county, did her
part in tying together teardrops for the event. Each teardrop will represent someone who filed
an order of protection in the county last year. The blue and pink smaller ribbons will represent
the children listed in those order of protections.
|Published: 8:52 AM, 10/01/2012
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Each year during the month of October,
the Monroe County Health Council's STOPe (Standing Together Offering
Protection and Encouragement) Program joins together with area
organizations, state coalitions and domestic violence programs across
the country to commemorate the lives of victims of domestic violence
and to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is everyone's
business," said Monroe County's STOPe Project Director Crystal
Russell. "The problem is phenomenal. It affects everyone in some
Monroe STOPe is a domestic violence
program through the Monroe County Health Council. The goal of Monroe
STOPe is to educate the public about the effects of domestic violence
on families and to find ways in which we can all work together to
promote safety and eliminate domestic violence in our community.
"We provide court advocacy and
prevention education, offer individual and group support, make
referrals to other agencies and try to raise awareness," said
Russell said the statistics on domestic
violence are grim.
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 30, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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