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Mayor to issue proclamation on domestic violence

Oct 03, 2017
Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition members Debbie Stanton, left, and Carol Malichky decorated Central Park with close to 3,000 ribbons, each one representing someone in Washington County who will statistically be a victim of domestic violence. Several signs were also posted in the park with domestic violence statistics.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Mayor Sandra Johnson plans to give a proclamation during the regular city council meeting Tuesday to recognize October as the month to support the victims of domestic violence.

When the council meets at 6 p.m. in the Washington Public Library, Johnson will present the proclamation. People from the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition are expected to be at the meeting to describe the events planned for this month.

Over the weekend, a line of purple and blue ribbons was hung along the outside of Central Park. The national statistics for domestic violence are that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The Domestic Violence Coalition took the population of Washington County and figured out that that amounts to 2,814 Washington County females and 1,570 WA Co. males. There are 2,814 purple ribbons and 1,570 blue ribbons on those clotheslines.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Washington Farmers Market, the coalition will raise awareness and collect donations. A table will be set up and items will be sold. The color of support for domestic violence advocacy is purple, Domestic Abuse Advocate and coalition president Brad Koenig said, and purple items would be sold.

A Shop for Safety event is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Wal-Mart. He said coalition members would be asking patrons to purchase an extra item that can be passed along to domestic violence victims. Koenig said lists of needed items will be given to people entering the store. Koenig also said the coalition keeps items in Washington County that can be given to domestic violence victims, including furniture and washing machines.

On Oct. 27 there will be a domestic violence educational symposium held at the Washington Public Library. The event begins at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Vicki Crompton. The audience will then move into breakout sessions that will include discussions on traumatic brain injuries and criminal and legal issues. There also will be lunch served and a domestic violence panel discussion.

For more information, contact Koenig at 319-457-0027.

The third reading of an ordinance amending the Historic Preservation Commission ordinance will he held during the meeting. The changes will will clarify the commission’s duties, but will not provide the commission with additional powers.

Commission chair Mary Patterson said the ordinance will give the commission the ability to recommend areas be designated historic landmarks. The addition outlines the process for doing that, as well as the rights of the owners.

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