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October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Mon. Oct 15th 2018

  OCTOBER – Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partners against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

  The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

   Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in ever community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Which can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, and even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. 

  “The purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to make people aware that domestic violence happens daily, even in the smallest communities. Awareness helps shed light on victims’ struggles and reminds people that this is an ongoing problem. There are countless victims and their families effected by domestic violence every day,” stated jointly Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Victims Advocate Megan Shockey and FCIC DV Advocate Rachelle Campbell.

  Going on they stated, “Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives people the opportunity to educate themselves on warning signs, effects of trauma, reporting rates, and resources. Domestic Violence Awareness Day is scheduled for October 25, 2018, so please join us in wearing purple!”

  Over the course of 2018, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Victims Advocate has served 159 cases for Domestic Violence working in correlation with Rachelle Campbell FCIC DV Advocate and Erica Lehew Sexual Assault and Stalking Advocate.

  “In 2018 the Jackson County 9-1-1 Communications Center filtered approximately 265 domestic disturbance related calls, including but not limited to physical and verbal altercations,” stated Jackson County 9-1-1 Communications Center Public Information Officer Ashley Davis. 

   The Jackson County 9-1-1 Communications Center Director Montana Boggess commented, “Domestic violence is a growing epidemic, there are resources and help available to those in need,” she went on, “the Jackson County 9-1-1 Communications Center is committed to playing their role in the fight against domestic violence working in correlation with the Jackson County Sheriff Department, West Virginia State Police, Ravenswood and Ripley Police Departments.”


Know the warning signs for those in abusive relationships:

·         Intimidation, verbal abuse, yells, demeans, belittles, threatens etc.

·         Physical abuse, hits, pushes, kicks, pinches, pulls

·         Anger, hits walls, throws items, short fuse, threatens to physical harm/kill you or someone close to you, etc.

·         Jealous, doesn’t trust you, accuses you of affairs, deletes all male/female contacts, isolates you from friends and loved ones, etc.

·         Minimizes their wrongful actions, blaming the abuse on the abused, and denying any abuse is occurring. 

·        Using shared children as pawn in abuse.


For those in domestic violence situations - you are not alone - there is help available in Jackson County, West Virginia 

The following are contacts numbers to assist those in need of help fighting against Domestic Violence:

  • Jackson County Sheriff Department (304)-373-2233 or (304)-373-2290
  • Ripley Police Department (304)-373-4711 or (304)-372-2363
  • Ravenswood Police Department (304)-273-3500 or (304)-372-0947
  • Jackson County 9-1-1 Communications Center 911 or non-emergency (304)-372-2000
  • Jackson County Victims Advocate (304)-373-2275
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • Family Crisis Intervention Center (304)-373-0181

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