OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday recognized October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a press conference and awards ceremony to honor law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service advocates and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to assist victims of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is a tragedy that happens daily for far too many Oklahomans,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “We hope that through our efforts this month, we can bring awareness to this serious issue and appreciation to those who work every day on the front lines for domestic violence victims.”
This year marks the 7th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness month press conference and awards ceremony. Hosted in the Governor’s Blue Room of the State Capitol, the goal is to increase awareness of domestic violence in our communities and honor the law enforcement, victims’ advocates, prosecutors and other partners who have gone above and beyond to assist victims of domestic violence.
Award winners are Gayla Adcock, Criminal Investigator, Broken Arrow Police Department; Angela Marsee, Assistant District Attorney, Custer County; Mitzi Pope and Tina Qualls, Victim Advocates, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention; and Lori Moynihan, Volunteer Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner, Bartlesville.
Also, Attorney General Pruitt is inviting Oklahomans to join him in wearing purple every Thursday in October as a visual reminder of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Recent high-profile events have brought domestic violence awareness to the forefront, but as Oklahomans we need to do all we can to highlight the tools and resources that our office along with law enforcement, victims’ advocates, prosecutors and other partners have to help victims of domestic violence,” Attorney General Pruitt said.
To report incidents of domestic violence, call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-522-SAFE (7233). For resources to assist victims of domestic abuse, contact the Attorney General’s Victim Services Unit at (405) 521-3921 or (918) 581-2885.