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Kansas City Joins 2008 National Domestic Violence Month Observance

Honors the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Unit at a Luncheon

(Kansas City, MO) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for our community to learn about domestic violence, reflect on the key costs of the crime to Kansas City, and promote laws, policies, and programs to improve services to victims, as well as hold offenders accountable and prevent domestic violence in our communities.

During the past two decades, Missouri has made great strides in securing rights, protections and services for victims of domestic violence. Lawmakers and domestic violence advocates have worked to criminalize domestic violence, establish and support Orders of Protection with criminal penalties for violations, obtain funding for domestic violence services, and enhance penalties for offenders to match the seriousness of the crime. But work still remains.

Many domestic violence victims are still hesitant to see their incidents as a crime, and more than 50 percent of incidents are never reported to police, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. At times, even when a victim does recognize their experience as a crime, not all protections are enforced. The Kansas City, MO domestic violence assistance unit, in partnership with area domestic violence agencies, will commemorate our communities focus on justice for those in need of support.

The Kansas City Domestic Violence Victim/Witness Assistance Unit, along with the Kansas City Prosecutors Office, Rose Brooks Center, and Synergy Services, Inc. have all joined to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month in an effort to promote and recognize key services and legal protection for victims of domestic violence. They will honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a luncheon and ceremony on October 27th, 2008, from 12 noon to 1 PM.

The luncheon will be held in Courtroom E, Municipal Court, 1101 Locust, Kansas City, MO.

Community members are encouraged to join in this activity and get involved to help break the cycle of domestic violence. For additional information on domestic violence, please contact Rose Brooks Center at 816-523-5550, or for immediate help in a crisis, call 911 or our crisis line at 816-861-6100. Please visit our website at www.rosebrooks.org.