DeKalb County Commissioners proclaimed today, Oct. 22, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in the county as they honored DeKalb Solicitor-General Sherry Boston for her efforts to fight domestic violence.
The commissioners issued the proclamation this morning at its board meeting, recognizing Boston’s creation of a Special Victims Unit (SVU) to investigate and prosecute domestic violence and stalking crimes while working with other law enforcement agencies.
“I am pleased to see DeKalb County recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Day so that we can spread the word about this very serious problem. We must help the 1 in 4 women affected by domestic violence, as well as the children who are often witnesses and victims of violence themselves," said Boston. "It’s important that we stop the cycle of abuse that is often passed down from generation to generation.”
Boston is inviting the public to attend a community resource fair and symposium on Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. Co-sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the third annual event, "Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence," will include a free breakfast.
Three domestic violence survivors will speak at the symposium. Other participants include representatives from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DeKalb County Police, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Magistrate Court, the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, Raksha and Men Stopping Violence.
In conjunction with the symposium, Boston is collecting used cell phones to donate to Verizon’s HopeLine. HopeLine is a Verizon Wireless program that turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Those who are not able to attend the symposium are asked to drop off used cell phones at the Solicitor-General’s Office on the 5th floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.