HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg city officials recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month Tuesday morning at City Hall.
"There are so many people who are totally unaware of how painful the problem of domestic violence is, especially to the victims, with them having no avenues," Mayoral Assistant Valerie Arnold said.
According to an awareness proclamation President Barack Obama signed Sept. 30, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
"It is important to raise awareness not only in the month of October, but year round because it is something that continually happens," Arnold said.
City officials are hosting a candlelight vigil at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center on Oct.14 at 6 p.m. to show support for domestic violence victims and their families.
Pine Belt victims of domestic abuse are asked to call the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter at 1-800-649-1092.
The month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This holiday evolved from the 1981 "Day of Unity," according to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.