October 2013: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Domestic violence is the intentional and patterned use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and/or economic coercion and abuse that violates an individual’s dignity, security, and psychological and physical well-being; and,

WHEREAS, Domestic violence is a tragic epidemic that has devastating effects on countless, men, women and children from every region, culture and social status; and,

WHEREAS, The 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report indicates that of the 1319 intimate partner fatalities, approximately 76 percent were female victims; and

WHEREAS, In , the 2011 Michigan State Police’s Incident Crime Report indicated that of the 95,024 domestic violence offenses reported, 101 of those included fatalities; and

WHEREAS, The state of Michigan is committed to taking a firm position against domestic violence and will remain focused on ensuring that victims are safe in their homes and abusers are held accountable for their crimes; and,

WHEREAS, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides and important opportunity for citizens to learn more about domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who are providing advocacy efforts, services, and assistance to domestic violence victims;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Michigan.