Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, even more so than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. That’s according to Domestic Violence Statistics – data that Port Washington Police District Commissioner Angela Mullins takes very seriously.
“It touches the lives of many, and unfortunately the majority do not report it out of fear or embarrassment,” she said.
Port Washington Police took 207 reports for domestic violence in 2011, compared with 200 reports taken as of Oct. 8, 2012. And while the numbers may look similar, there are still two-and-a-half months left to the end of the year, Mullins pointed out.
Mullins is calling attention to these reports, coinciding with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an issue that is symbolized by the color purple.
“Not all reports become arrests,” she said. But more people may report incidents as awareness increases.
Abuse can come in all different forms, including emotional, physical and sexual, Mullins pointed out.
Port Washington police work closely with the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Program, which provides services including a 24-hour hotline, counseling, safe emergency housing, and more. Call 516-542-0404 for more information.
But “in an emergency, call 911,” Mullins said.
Mullins read the following statement at the Oct. 5 Port Washington Police Commissioners meeting:
The Port Washington Police District in collaboration with the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Program, encourages everyone to observe October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Purple is the color of domestic violence awareness. Domestic violence touches the lives of Americans of all ages, leaving a devastating impact on women, men and children of every background and circumstances.
Domestic Violence has no boundaries, it does not discriminate based on ethnicity, class, gender or religion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women and one in nine men in the United States are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.
The Port Washington Police DIstrict has long been concerned with the issue of domestic violence and its impact on the victim. It is the objective of the Port Washington Police District to provide intervention in acts of domestic violence that enables the victims of these crimes to live their lives without fear of further violence from abusers. The Port Washington Police District has been acknowledged numerous times by the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for their professionalism in responding and processing calls involving domestic violence. In the year 2011, the Port Washington Police District had taken 207 reports for domestic violence, compared to 200 reports taken as of October 8, 2012.
If you or someone you now is a victim of domestic violence please call The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Program (516) 542-0404, their hotline is manned 24/7 and all calls are confidential. In an emergency call 911.