By Laurie Stone
In 2002, George Bush proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month in order to expose the crime of abuse.
In the last 25 years, domestic abuse has ended the lives of 57,000 Americans in the past quarter century, and has been documented in almost 700,000 incidents of violence according to International Information Programs of the U.S. Department of State.
“Abuse is a behavior that is transferred from one generation to another and if the cycle of violence is not broken, sons that have witnessed domestic violence will become batterers and daughters will conform to being more prone for abuse or more likely to live in an abusive relationship,” said Mary Lou Lazano, a domestic violence advocate.
“The children of an abuser adapt their behavior resembling their aggressor,” Lazano added.
According to a report from the 2004-05 United Way Campaign, the number of victims in Roosevelt County that received emotional support or services due to domestic abuse against men, women and children has more than doubled from 197 to 499 over the last year.
According to the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors that a person in a relationship uses to control someone else.
An abuser’s attacks can be intimidating, physical, verbal, sexual or psychological.
In Portales, the Police Department reported 39 acts of domestic violence this year.
The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Clovis was created to help prevent abuse.
Their focus is for the abused family members and their children.
Contact the 24-hour hotline at 769-0305, the office 762-0050 or www.nmsvdv.org.