Posted on: October 1, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


If you saw it happening, would you know it was domestic violence? If you knew it was domestic violence, would you take the steps to report it? What are you doing to help prevent it?

In the news, social media, and on television we see public service announcements highlighting the various issues facing domestic violence. These messages are directed at those in the middle of a violent relationship, those witnessing the violence, or those committing the violence.
October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) asks the residents of Apache Junction to use this as an opportunity to learn more about the plight of victims and survivors of domestic violence as well as gain a better understanding about what organizations, including AJPD, are doing to try and combat this violence and support those affected by it.
One way this can be done is by visiting with shelters and services that provide assistance to people experiencing domestic violence. Here in Apache Junction we are fortunate to have the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA). CAAFA strives to provide shelter to victims of domestic violence as well as provide services and support to victims so they can reach self-sufficiency and achieve a violence free life. The AJPD has a strong partnership with CAAFA and we work together to provide services to residents in Apache Junction who are in need of help.
During the month of October the AJPD will be displaying messages on the city marquee, on the AJPD website, and on the AJPD social media pages with information and resources about Domestic Violence.
Please join us during this time so we can all learn more about the impact of domestic violence and what we as individuals, and as a larger community, can do to combat domestic violence.
Domestic Violence. Recognize it. Report it. Prevent it. Let’s all join together and say NO MORE domestic violence in Apache Junction.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a violent relationship, please get help TODAY. Contact CAAFA at 480-982-0196 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 800-799-SAFE (7233). Both numbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t wait; get help now!

If you have any questions or comments about this campaign, or other programs and services offered by the Apache Junction Police Department, please contact the Community Resource Coordinator at (480) 474-5442 or scarney@ajcity.net.

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