BOISE – U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit yesterday brought together more than 50 representatives from victim advocacy groups, domestic violence organizations, tribal communities and law enforcement agencies across the country. idaho to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. U.S. Attorney Hurwit and other federal prosecutors in his office presented training on federal tools to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence and reduce their ability to reoffend, including prosecuting offenders who are prohibited from possessing firearms. fire.
The event was part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to bring together advocates, survivors, victim service providers, justice professionals, law enforcement and first responders and communities across the United States to observe October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence is more prevalent than many realize. About one in four women and one in seven men will experience serious domestic violence in their lifetime. Rates are disproportionately higher for Native American and Alaska Native populations, women of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can span generations and last a lifetime. Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and encourage everyone to play a role in ending gender-based violence.
“Our office is committed to prosecuting domestic violence crimes and supporting victims and survivors in Idaho,” U.S. Attorney Hurwit said. “We want the community to know that we are here to help in these areas. But lawsuits alone cannot fully address the fundamental underlying issues that can lead to domestic violence. That’s why I’m so grateful to the attendees of our event for sharing their stories and inspiring collaboration between law enforcement, advocates, and social service providers.
All attendees joined in a conversation about how to support survivors of domestic violence and break the cycles of abuse that too often affect generations of families and communities. Participants collectively agreed that more in-depth communication about trends in domestic violence, as well as related issues, such as drug abuse and human trafficking, would benefit their communities.
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone and there are many services available to help you including the National Domestic Violence Helpline, 1- 800-799-SAFE (7233), the National Center for Victims of Crime www.victimsofcrime.org and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence https://ncadv.org/