Both the Panola County Commissioners Court and the Carthage City Commission proclaimed October as domestic violence awareness month at their latest meetings.
“The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse to children and the elderly,” County Judge LeeAnn Jones read in her proclamation. “... the problems of domestic violence are not confined to any group or groups of people, but cut across all economic, racial and societal barriers, and are supported by societal indifferences... the impact of domestic violence is wide ranging, directly affecting individuals and society as a whole, here in this community, throughout the United States and the world.”
Both proclamations say that the Women’s Center of East Texas “is focused on ending violence by providing safe haven, crisis intervention and comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence.”
Both the county and city urge all citizens to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs to work toward improving victim safety and holding perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their actions against individual victims and our society as a whole.