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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK
By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp
Volume 3, Number 10
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH (DVAM)
DVAM evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The goal was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. Activities have been occurring since this year’s program began on October 1 and will continue throughout the month, and around the nation. It is a nationwide problem. Reports indicate that every 15 seconds, a woman is battered by an intimate partner and one in five girls aged 14-18 has experienced physical and/or sexual violence while dating,
Domestic Violence, which is a pattern of abusive behavior, is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another partner. It can also occur through non-physical abuse involving controlling behavior through the use of phone calls, emails, social networking sites and cell phone texting. It sometimes uses little more than spoken words.
In the past, statistics for Illinois reported a yearly total of 115,000 cases of domestic violence. 39 domestic-related homicides were committed in that same time. Also there were 3,800 reported violations of protective orders. And over 1,600 domestic-related offenses involved children.
Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan sums it up well in her brochure concerning Domestic Violence. She says, “Domestic Violence is not just a private family problem – it is a crime that impacts all of us. The thousands of women abused each year in Illinois are the obvious victims, as are the children who witness the violence, hear the threats and insults, and feel the isolation. But every person in Illinois is impacted by domestic violence.”
Worst of all, most cases of domestic violence are never reported to law enforcement. In fact, NCADV indicates that only about one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings are reported.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY ORDER OF PROTECTION
An order of protection is a court order that restricts someone who has abused a family or household member. An order of protection may order the abuser out of a shared home or residence. It may require the abuser to attend counseling and prohibit the abuser from taking or hiding children. You can obtain an Order of Protection by contacting a domestic violence program for help, asking an attorney to file in civil court, or going to your local circuit court clerks office to get papers to seek an order of protection for yourself.
Here are the number of Orders of Protection issued in Christian County for the first 9 months of 2012 and 2013. It gives you some idea of the scale and frequency of the activities that lead to these orders:
While 2013 is down 6% from 2012, it isn’t enough to feel much progress in reducing Domestic Violence has been made.
Meanwhile, be sure to read the outpouring of ideas and understanding that will continue through Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We need all the help we can get to reduce substantially these occurrences and their consequences.
EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
The past Drug Take-Back Days have been very successful as the public has determined that these efforts to get expired and unneeded prescription drugs out of the medicine chest and into a location where the Drug Enforcement Agency can destroy them is very worthwhile.
Prescription drugs have continued to be taken to young adult parties, where they become all too often major substances of abusive and often dangerous consumption.
The current Take-Back program will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can drop off their unused medications free of charge at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Taylorville Police Department, the Morrisonville police Department and Walgreen’s in Taylorville or Pana.
Please be sure to get any of these prescription drugs to the proper locations.
HALLOWEEN’S COMING! LET’S MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE KIDS SAFE!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has some excellent safety tips.
TREATS: Warn your Trick-or-Treater not to eat any treats until an adult has examined them.
COSTUMES: Use reflective tape or stickers to decorate costumes and bags. Be sure to get Flame Resistant material.
VISIBILITY: They’ll see and be seen better if they carry a flashlight.
SHOES: They should wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
ACCESSSORIES: Swords, knives and similar props should be soft and flexible.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Young children should be accompanied by an adult or an older child. Walk; don’t run from house to house.
CHOOSING SAFE HOUSES: Only go to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
WALKING: Don’t’ walk alone while Trick –or–treating. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
STREETS: Don’t run out from between parked cars. When crossing streets, be especially careful. Look both ways before crossing, and use crosswalks wherever possible.
A safe time is the most important part of having a happy time.
Department Activity for the last 5 months: