BY JAMES HARPER
National studies indicate that one in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in her lifetime.
While the statewide incidents of domestic violence crime slightly declined in 2012, there was an increase in Volusia County. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 3,934 crimes that were classified as domestic violence offenses in 2012 in Volusia.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for the second consecutive year, the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is hosting an awareness walk on Oct. 30.
The council provides comprehensive services to families affected by domestic violence in Volusia County.
Called the Purple Parade, the 5 p.m. walk will start at Daytona Beach’s Midtown Cultural & Educational Center located at 925 George Engram Ave. The entire walk is a loop on the Martin Luther King Jr. walking trail. Registration for the walk begins Oct. 30 onsite at 4:30 p.m.
The purpose is to raise awareness and vital funding for domestic violence prevention. Participants are encouraged to wear purple to show their support.
“Individuals who are bullied, whether they are children or adults, often remain silent. This event gives a voice to those individuals by showing them community support. Last year, we were excit ed to have nearly 300 individuals attend our Purple Parade and this year we are hoping to double or triple that number,” said Cheryl Fuller, CEO of the Domestic Abuse Council.
Bullying starts early
Fuller said statistically one in five students in a typical classroom will experience bullying in some fashion. “They might be a bystander, the victim or they might be the bully,” she explained.
“These numbers are startling and indicate how pervasive this is in our society.
The mission of the Domestic Abuse Council is to end domestic violence in our community. The parade is an opportunity for everyone in our community to join together and recognize that these behaviors are not acceptable,” Fuller continued.
During the last fiscal year which ended on Sept. 30, the Domestic Abuse Council had 385 different individuals living in an emergency shelter and166 of those people were children under age 17.
For more information on this and other programs about domestic violence and prevention, contact the Domestic Abuse council at 386-257-2297 or call the hot line at 386-255-2102 or 800-500-1119.