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Commissioners proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Monday, October 9, 2023 - The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation last week declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The proclamation was presented to commissioners by Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit Investigator Cindy Smith, along with her team, at the commissioner's regularly scheduled weekly meeting.

Smith stated, "The proclamation helps to create awareness regarding the domestic violence problem in Oklahoma. It also helps get the available resources and information to those in need. Recent stats show that in Oklahoma, 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 7-9 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime."

The state of Oklahoma also has the highest rate of domestic violence in the United States. Just last year alone (2022), Sequoyah County’s 911 office received 348 domestic violence calls.

"We are very blessed in this county because we have the support of our county commissioners, law enforcement, and community, because that is not the way it is in every county. I am asking everyone to take a stand and let it be known that domestic violence is not going to be tolerated in Sequoyah County," Smith added.

Other meeting news included consideration of resolutions, bids, and contracts.

Commissioners approved FY 23/24 DARE agreements by and between the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and the following schools: Brushy, Liberty, Moffett, Central, Belfonte, and Gans.

In addition, the commissioners approved increasing the speed limit from 40 to 45 MPH on Moonshine Road in District 2.

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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