HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree issued a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month in the City of Hattiesburg.
The ceremony was attended by past victims of domestic violence, victims advocates, and members of the Hattiesburg Police Department and their Domestic Violence Unit.
There are several events scheduled for the month including a 'It May Hurt to Walk Away' walk this Saturday at Kamper Park, a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to at the Jackie Dole Community Center, and a women's assault and response course at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Facility on Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.
"As an officer, I see the hurt the families have," said Lt. Latosha Myers Mitchell, HPD Domestic Violence Unit. "I actually go from the calls to the follow-ups, to the courses, and see how it affects the entire family and the community. It's important to me to curb this and try to bring awareness so we don't have so many cases and so many broken homes and families."