Month of October proclaimed 'Domestic Violence Awareness' month

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 5:09 PM CDT
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Western Kentucky University President, Gary Ransdell and Kentucky's Attorney General, Andy Beshear proclaimed October 'Domestic Violence Awareness Month' Monday at WKU.

Students at Western Kentucky say dedicating an entire month to raising awareness about Domestic Violence is something their campus needs.

"It gives it an extra cause but also like it gives it a lot of time to expose people to these issues and break into that hard conversation that a lot of people shy away from," student, Patrick Thompson said.

Domestic Violence organizations, like BRASS, will be giving students all types of information. Like how to see the red flags.

"People text, 20, 30, times. Where are you? Who are you with? When are you coming back? What are you doing? What are you wearing? I don't want you going out," Assistant Director of BRASS, Pam Hurt said.

Their goal is to try to show victims they have a support network.

"Basically want you to isolate yourself and your other support services. So you're really focused only on the perpetrator," Hurt added.

The movement even has students as volunteers, some say making it easier for victims to relate.

"It's a big movement of breaking walls down and being able to talk to these individuals about these types of situations that are critical and need to be addressed," student, Justin Thompson said.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says that he hopes the month of October makes the future in the Bluegrass, a little bit brighter.

"Folks learn more early on about healthy relationships, so we can end the cycle of violence. Ultimately, I hope that this type of education can change statistics in this Commonwealth, where almost 50% at some point in their lives," Beshear said.

If you are in an abusive relationship and need help, call the 24 hour Crisis Line at 1-800-928-1183. All calls are confidential.