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WASILLA — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and recognized across the state.

According to a recent press release, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, the Alaska Department of Public Safety, and the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault are working to end the high rates of domestic violence that affect so many Alaskan households.

Gov. Dunleavy recently issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska, encouraging all Alaskans to unite against domestic violence, raise awareness for the issue, and support the healing of survivors.

“Public safety has been job number one for my administration since I took office,” Dunleavy stated in the press release. “Addressing the high rate of domestic violence that occurs in our state is a top priority. As a father of three wonderful daughters, I have a vested interest in making our state a safe place for Alaska’s women and children. I won’t rest until all Alaskans can live free of violence and crime.”

According to the press release, the Department of Public Safety’s The Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) is sponsoring a social media campaign to increase awareness of domestic violence in Alaska, educate Alaskans about the continuum of healthy, unhealthy, violent relations, and connect Alaskans to available resources.

The resources offer information for victims, families, and those looking to rise up and combat domestic violence across the state.

“The Alaska Department of Public Safety and Alaska’s law enforcement community is committed to doing our part to hold accountable those who victimize Alaskans and commit acts of domestic violence in our state,” Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell stated in the press release. “Once law enforcement responds to a domestic violence call, it is already too late, another Alaskan has already become a victim, and the crime has been committed. I call on Alaska’s men to end this cycle of abuse with our generation and leave a better state for our kids and grandkids.”

The Department of Safety officials assure the public that help is still available for those experiencing domestic violence in spite of the pandemic.

“We ask every Alaskan to commit to no longer tolerating domestic abuse that we see or know about; we ask that you reach out and offer support and compassion to those in need. Together we can end domestic violence in Alaska,” CDVSA Executive Director, Diane Casto stated in the press release. “Thank you to all the dedicated advocates, shelters, crisis lines, and service programs who are available 24/7 to provide safety, support, and kindness to Alaska victims of domestic violence.”

Those in need of assistance are encouraged to call local law enforcement agencies, Alaska’s CARELINE, 877-266-4357, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, for emergency crisis and intervention resources.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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