Kansas Governor Proclaims October 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2018
Topeka, KS – On October 1, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Coyler proclaimed October 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Kansas.
Eight members of KCSDV's staff and one employee of a KCSDV coalition member program, YWCA NE KS Center for Safety and Empowerment Program Director Michelle McCormick, were present at the Governor's Office Monday as Gov. Coyler signed the proclamation, making the 2018 awareness month officially recognized by the state.
“Domestic violence is a widespread, preventable, public health problem, directly affecting at least 35 percent of all Kansans – and indirectly and directly affecting us all,” said KCSDV Executive Director Joyce Grover.
Domestic violence can be lethal: At least 12.8% of all homicides in Kansas in 2016 were domestic violence-related. Domestic violence is underreported.
The National Coaliton Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is KCSDV’s national leader for the awareness month. NCADV published a DVAM #SurvivorSpeaks awareness campaign toolkit on the NCADV website for anyone to access and use.
Organizations and people across the U.S. and in cities and communities in Kansas are honoring DVAM. Visit KCSDV’s map of KCSDV coalition member programs on the KCSDV website at http://kcsdv.org/find-help/in-kansas/dv-sa-services.html to access each KCSDV coalition member program’s website for support and to see what events may be happening near you.
The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas' leading statewide voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV works with about 27 coalition members and with partners to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Find more information on KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by message at http://kcsdv.org/contact.html and by phone at 785-232-9784.
The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).