October 13, 2010
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Some of the items collected by the Department's employees in Tallahassee
More than 100 Department of Corrections prison and probation facilities across the state are actively participating in Domestic Violence Awareness month by collecting money and supplies for shelters that assist domestic violence victims, and inviting luncheon speakers to educate them about how they can be part of the solution to the problem of domestic violence.
Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil, who has seen firsthand the devastating effects of domestic violence from his decades of experience in law enforcement, is spearheading the awareness effort. He notes that domestic violence cuts across all race, gender and socio-economic boundaries.
“Department of Corrections employees know more than most how prevalent and insidious the scourge of domestic violence is through our work with inmates and offenders, and our contact with their families. Unfortunately, sometimes we also know it through our own experiences with co-workers and family members,” he said. “But we’re fighting back with education, and with assistance to the many domestic violence shelters that battle this problem every day. We must do all we can to break the cycle of abuse that is at the heart of what Domestic Violence Awareness month is highlighting.”
Secretary McNeil asked his employees at facilities statewide to host a domestic violence awareness program on October 13, 2010, and to donate funds or supplies to a local domestic violence shelter. The response has been overwhelming. Projects include collecting cell phones and toiletries for battered women shelters to sponsoring fundraising luncheons to arranging presentations to better educate ourselves by hearing from domestic violence victims themselves.
Additional, ongoing domestic violence awareness efforts by the Department include requiring every employee to complete Domestic Violence Awareness training, both online and in class; distributing purple pins to all Department staff as a symbol of support of the Department’s domestic violence awareness campaign, and circulating a “Quilt of Remembrance” statewide on which employees were encouraged to honor victims of domestic violence whom they know.
For a list of Domestic Violence Awareness activities in your area, see attached. For more information, contact Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.