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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sandy City's Annual Recognition of October as the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Post Date:09/18/2019 2:09 PM

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year Sandy City and Sandy Police Department honor victims and survivors of domestic violence within the city as well as nationally. This year Sandy City will bring awareness to domestic violence through their platform: Breaking the Silence: Ending Domestic Violence One Voice at a Time. If even one person speaks out whether that be a victim, survivor, family member, or friend, we can break the silence and end domestic violence for one person.

Sandy City will be holding a week’s worth of events and activities to bring ongoing awareness to the community. A press conference will be held on October 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to kick off the weeks’ worth of events. Mayor Kurt Bradburn will be present to speak at the press conference about Sandy City’s recognition of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Chief William O'Neal will also be helping to bring awareness. He will share how domestic violence is affecting our city and what efforts are being made by the police department to intervene, assist and educate. Ending the press conference, we will hear from a survivor of domestic violence who is willing to break the silence and speak out to share their experiences in order to help others.

                This year we are excited about the week long set of events (see below) to draw awareness in our city. Some of those events will include: Youth Awareness; Self-Care Community Event: Talking and Learning About Health, Mental Health, Safety and Support; Women’s Safety Class; Police Appreciation and Awareness and more.

We are also eager to hold a new contest amongst the youth within our city.  What better way to tap into the creative minds of the younger generation than by asking them to come up with Sandy City’s new platform for domestic violence awareness for next year. Youth can find their way to express how to get the word out to help members in the community in domestically violent or even dating violent situations through a simple campaign slogan. This can be through a few words, through poetry or a short video on a social media platform. Submissions will be due by September 30th, 2019. We will announce the winner and two runners-up during the press conference. For more information on the contest, please email advocate@sandy.utah.gov. Information about the contest will also be on the Sandy Police website and social media pages.

                Sandy City and the Sandy Police Department would like to thank the community partners that are collaborating with us this year. Those community partners include: Intermountain Health Care (Alta View Hospital), Intermountain Therapy Dogs, South Valley Services, Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic, Canyons School District, Elite Performance and Wellness Alignment. We are honored to have so many community partners that want to raise awareness to domestic violence in Sandy city.

                We hope the upcoming events will break the silence on the issue of domestic violence.  If you suspect someone is in an abusive relationship and/or is in danger, please call the police department. Speak out. You could be the person to make a difference in a victim’s life and help to stop the cycle of abuse. 

                There are also opportunities to volunteer to assist victims of crime directly in our city as a Volunteer Victim Advocate. Feel free to contact Aubrey McKnight, 801-568-4628, or amcknight@sandy.utah.gov for more information. 

 

Events Taking Place

Monday, October 14th at 10:00 am:

  • Press Conference at the Sandy Justice Court
  • Police Appreciation/Awareness

A press conference will be held at the Sandy Justice Court. It will include short speeches from Mayor Kurt Bradburn and Chief William O'Neal. Mayor Bradburn will read and sign the Proclamation that Sandy City recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. We will also announce the winner of the youth contest and share next year’s domestic violence awareness platform. To close the press conference, a survivor of domestic violence will break their silence and share their experiences in order to help others find their voice.

 The Sandy Police Department, while serving in the community, will offer information resources to anyone in the community. Sandy Police Department will also have purple domestic violence ribbon stickers to hand out to citizens in the community. Sandy Police Officers and civilian employees will also be provided an appreciation gift for all their work and support in the community to help end domestic violence.

Tuesday, October 15th:

  • Youth Informed Awareness

Sandy Police Department will work with Canyons School District to help raise awareness of domestic violence and dating violence within the youth of the community. This will be completed through brochures and age appropriate information shared throughout the schools.     

Wednesday, October 16th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm:

  • The Impact of Self-Care and Your General Health at Sandy City Hall City Council Chambers

A community event will be held this evening to share different ways to stay healthy through personal health and well-being, self-care, safety tips and mental health well-being. Sandy Police Department will be collaborating with Canyons School District, Intermountain Healthcare (IHC), Intermountain Therapy Animals, South Valley Services and Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic. Each agency will be available to answer questions and provide resources and information to the community. This event will be held at the Sandy City council chambers. Please join our community partners in this event.

 Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm:

  • Women’s Safety Night at Elite Performance Fitness located at 9599 South 500 West, Sandy, Utah 84070

Women Only (ages 14 & up)! Come spend an evening learning to prevent abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Start by enjoying some relaxing yoga and meditation led by Danielle Pitcher from Utah Wellness Alignment.  Then participate in a Q&A session with our Family Crimes Investigator and      Victim Advocates. Finally, complete a self-defense class led by nationally renowned mixed martial artist and trainer Jeremy Horn.

Friday, October 18th:

  • Police Appreciation/Awareness

The Sandy Police Department, while serving in the community, will offer information resources to anyone in the community. Sandy Police Department will also have purple domestic violence ribbon stickers to hand out to citizens in the community. Sandy Police Officers and civilian employees will also be provided an appreciation gift for all their work and support in the community to help end domestic violence.