October 4, 2021
For Immediate Release
Director of Donor Stewardship and Marketing
Today the Mayor of Kansas City will declare October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Rose Brooks Center continues to lead efforts to address the crime of domestic violence in Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo, October 4, 2021 – October welcomes national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women and one in seven men will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. If this sounds like an unbelievable statistic, then it should also bring with it an urgency to take action… to help.
Today, the Mayor of Kansas City not only read a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but his office moderated a discussion centered around Kansas City’s response to the crime of domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, businesses, and systems – each whose voice adds a valued and powerful component to prevention, awareness, and reminding victims, “You are not alone.”
“We have to continue to raise our voices and advocate for victims and survivors. This includes working together with the systems of which victims of domestic violence interact,” explains Scott Mason, Director of Marketing at Rose Brooks Center, “For three years, Rose Brooks Center led an effort to address domestic violence crime in Kansas City. During that time, entities like Rose Brooks Center, the Kansas City Police Department, Municipal Court, Probation and Parole, and the Detention Center have all met monthly to review and create new policies and practices to ensure that Kansas City’s response to domestic violence crimes keeps victims safe and holds offenders accountable.”
The end result is a single document with a chapter for each agency within the criminal justice system. Today, Rose Brooks leads training efforts across each agency to ensure complete implementation – further solidifying that each system and individual uses their voice to provide appropriate and meaningful services for survivors and victims.
During October, communities across the country will not only mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, but celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates and services have made over the years. We invite you to stand with Rose Brooks, with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence. Because your voice matters.
About Rose Brooks Center
Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center served 14,465 victims of abuse and violence in 2020. This included 8,399 individuals calling their crisis hotline, 1,548 victims receiving support from court advocates, and more throughout the community and in emergency shelter. www.rosebrooks.org. Rose Brooks Center’s Hotline number is 816-861-6100.
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