HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg city officials, along with representatives from the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter and the Camp Shelby Sexual Assault and Prevention Program gathered Tuesday to show their solidarity with victims of domestic abuse.
They joined Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree for the reading of a proclamation recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Hattiesburg Police and city officials say proclamations like this help increase awareness of domestic violence and can encourage victims to come forward and report incidents of domestic abuse.
"This always sparks a fire under people to let them know you don't have to put up with this, so we have a lot of calls...more concern, more interest in domestic violence," said Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell, who serves with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Hattiesburg Police Dept.
"We want to highlight this and make sure that people understand there's another way of doing it, that you don't have to commit domestic violence, you can walk away, drive away, do those kinds of things," said Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree.
The Hattiesburg Police Department established its Domestic Violence Unit in 2008.