Mayor Jacobs Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by | Oct 4, 2017 | City News, Community, Crime, Cullman City, Get Smart, People, Public Safety

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Pictured (l-r): Theresa Mann, Marie Lindsey, Mayor Woody Jacobs, Carol Hortstman, and Regina Grant

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs officially proclaimed the month of October 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Cullman.

According to statistics provided by Victim Services of Cullman, one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetimes, and, on average, three women are killed each day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

The damaging effects of domestic violence are long-term and affect the victims’ families, as well. Children are among the most vulnerable and are negatively impacted even if they don’t actually witness the abuse because they can sense the tension in the household and see the aftermath of the abuse.

Tragically, experiencing this type of abuse as children often leads to the development of emotional, cognitive, or behavioral problems.

In making the proclamation, Mayor Jacobs had these thoughts:

“I am pleased to proclaim October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’ in order to help increase awareness of this terrible problem plaguing our country and even our own community. I am grateful to the folks at Victim Services for helping those affected by domestic violence, and I admire their efforts to help eliminate it through prevention and education.”

The problem of domestic violence is not confined to any group or groups of people. It crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers, and is sustained by societal indifference or ignorance. Victims of domestic violence have their privacy, dignity, security, and humanity violated. Whether the domestic violence manifests itself as physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse or control, the effects are detrimental to our entire community.

In the proclamation, Mayor Jacobs urged all citizens to speak out against domestic violence and to support organizations that assist domestic violence victims in our community. As further support of domestic violence awareness, the City of Cullman has once again allowed the display of silhouette “silent witnesses” in front of City Hall.

On hand to accept the official proclamation at the Mayor’s Office were Theresa Mann, Marie Lindsey, Carol Horstman, and Regina Grant of Victim Services of Cullman.

Victim Services of Cullman (VSOC, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization offering a host of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Their mission is to break the cycle of family violence and sexual assault. They work to accomplish this mission through their various services. For more information on VSOC, Inc., visit their website at or call their administrative office at 256-775-2600.

VSOC, Inc., also has a 24-hour Crisis Line (256-734-6100) for those who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or those who have been victims of sexual assault.

Leanne H. West

Leanne H. West

Office of Mayor Woody Jacobs

The information shown here has been provided by Leanne H. West, Office of Mayor Woody Jacobs in the City of Cullman. Leanne is longtime city employee and the the top Administrative Assistant to the Mayor expertly serving under the multiple mayoral administrations.

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Mayor Jacobs Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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