Laurel mayor declares October as Domestic Violence Month

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - In 2010, The National Crime Victimization Survey reported that more than 636,000 women were victims of domestic violence.

Thursday, Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack signed a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Advocates for domestic violence in Jones County, Laurel, and for Camp Shelby work closely together and say this is a silent crime.

"It effects everyone," said Tia Cooper with the Laurel police department.  "It does not have a discrimination on the age. It doesn't have a discrimination on race, it doesn't have a discrimination on your background. Domestic violence is serious. It is going from the point of emotional to physical"

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