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"