During the month of October, law enforcement agencies are displaying purple ribbons on their vehicles in honor of domestic violence awareness.
Deputies and officers gathered to pick up their ribbons from Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.’s domestic violence and sexual assault program. Some used their antennas to display the purple ribbon, while others displayed the ribbon on their grill.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office responded to 85 domestic violence calls during 2016. During the same year, the South Boston Police Department responded to 46 calls, and the Halifax Police Department responded to seven.
Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
Everyday in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Abuse takes many forms: physical, sexual, verbal and mental.
The public is urged to know the harmful behaviors in relationships.
“If you or someone you know is being threatened, intimidated, isolated, put down, called names, ignored, not allowed to work, disrespected, bossed around, controlled, tracked, told how to dress, forced to have sex or perform sexual acts, those are all harmful behaviors in relationships,” according to Kim M. Carson, Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. director of emergency services.
“If your partner waves a weapon at you, pulls your hair, slaps, shoves or hits you, threatens to leave you, commit suicide or kill you, displays inappropriate anger, caring one minute and angry the next…you may be in an unhealthy relationship,” she added.
“Victims of abuse have the right to get help. The program is here to help. Please stand up and speak out against abuse. Let people know that the program is available to assist all victims of abuse,” she added.
“If the abuser has a weapon, is physically and/or sexually abusing you, dial 911 because the law enforcement agencies in Halifax County care,” Carson said.
Call 434-572-1136 for assistance.
“Please do not forget to wear purple on Friday,” she concluded.