Leaders from across Ada County came together today to declare October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
During an event this morning in Boise, community leaders explained that while we live in a beautiful family-friendly county with strong community support -- domestic abuse is still a big issue in Ada County.
Hadley Mayes, Ada County Paramedics public information officer and domestic violence survivor, says paramedics typically respond to at least one battery call every day.
"Domestic violence happens everywhere and Ada County is no exception," said Mayes. "The frequency with which our paramedics respond to 911 calls of this nature tells us domestic violence is an issue in our community."
According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, in 2016, there were 5,236 calls for service related to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse made to local law enforcement agencies.
Event organizers say they hope the community will join in throughout the month of October in raising awareness and educating others.
Women’s and Children’s Alliance communications manager Chris Campbell-Davis says by raising awareness, educating our community and having public conversations, we can make our community a better and safer place to live and raise our families.
"The collaboration of these elected officials and public agencies is paramount in raising awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in the Treasure Valley and of the resources available, and we're so grateful to have their support," said Campbell-Davis.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three women and one in four men in the U.S. have experienced some form of domestic violence.
For more information on domestic violence and how to get help, click here.