Loudoun County, VA (October 8, 2015) – Loudoun County’s Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) is drawing attention to the problem of domestic violence by encouraging people in Loudoun County to become involved in the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
“On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, which in one year equates to nearly 20 million women and men,” said Kaye Wallace, criminal justice analyst and DART coordinator. “We should not be quiet and passive about this because it is an issue that can affect any home in any community.” Wallace suggests that people become involved by:
- Learning the signs of abusive relationships and the negative effects of domestic violence, and be willing to share that information with others. Learn the signs at: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm.
- Learning about the resources in the community that are available for domestic violence victims and their children as well as for domestic violence offenders. More information is available atwww.loudoun.gov/DARTand www.lcsj.org.
- Wearing purple onThursday, October 22, 2015, to help generate discussion and awareness of domestic violence and dating abuse.
The Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team is a multi-disciplinary team of criminal justice and social services professionals that works to ensure collaboration with project and community partners regarding information sharing, mutual problem solving, victim safety issues, offender accountability as well as accountability within the criminal justice system. “It takes a coordinated effort by all corners of the community – law enforcement, advocates, community groups, schools – to combat the scourge of domestic violence and declare that it will not be tolerated in our community,” said Wallace. More information about the Loudoun DART can be found at www.loudoun.gov/DART.
Anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse or knows of someone who is, should contact the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). Services include emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, accompaniment, youth services, safety planning, and a pet partnership program with Loudoun County Animal Services. All services are free and confidential. More information about LAWS can be found at www.lcsj.org. The LAWS 24-hour Hotline number is 703-777-6552. The Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline number is 800-838-8238.