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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct 1, 2023

WHEREAS, all Alaskans deserve to be safe in their homes and communities. Domestic Violence is widespread and devastates many Alaskan families, and it is crucial we combat these crimes; and

WHEREAS, the physical and emotional wounds of domestic violence affect men, women, and children across Alaska in alarming numbers. Domestic violence violates an individual’s dignity, security, and humanity and can leave lifelong scars on the minds, bodies, and spirits of victims; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, approximately one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of domestic violence , and over 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year ; and

WHEREAS, one in three adult women in Alaska have been victims of stalking in their lifetime and one in nine Alaskan women 60 years of age or older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the past year; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious crime that crosses economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers. We recognize the disproportional impact these forms of violence have on Alaska Native populations, where four in five Alaska Native women have experienced one or more forms of violence in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, communities across the State are building prevention teams and implementing projects such as Green Dot AK, Girls on the Run, and Coaching Boys into Men, to stop domestic violence and ensure a safer future for Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, those in need of assistance can call Alaska’s CARELINE, 877-266-4357, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, for emergency crisis and intervention resources; and

WHEREAS, as Alaskans, we must stand against domestic violence with our words and actions. We must continue to build alliances among community groups, businesses, and governmental, educational, and faith-based organizations that will support our families and hold offenders accountable for their crimes; and

WHEREAS, in October of each year, we recognize victims and survivors of domestic violence and remind them they are not alone. Together we will foster a safer Alaska by providing resources in times of need, promoting healthy relationships, and sending a clear message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2023 as:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to stand together against domestic violence by offering support to those in need, by seeking assistance if they, or others they know, are being harmed and by recognizing the efforts of those who work to extend hope and healing to the survivors and victims of domestic violence.

Dated: October 1, 2023