'Day of Unity' aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse
Ceremonies are scheduled October third to raise awareness of domestic violence in Michigan.
Experts say one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic violence, and that is from just those who report it.
Rihan Issa is a prevention educator and volunteer coordinator at Women’s Aid Service in Isabella County. She said one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic violence
“Even in Isabella County and Clare and Gratiot, their numbers are over 300 for each county, and this doesn’t take into account those who choose not to report.”
Issa said the ceremony will include local law enforcement attaching purple ribbons to their vehicles. She said the ribbons represent law enforcement’s zero tolerance policy for domestic violence.
“The beauty of this event is that it really brings together law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, as well as the representatives from the county, and really the point of it is to sort of relay this to the residents of the mid michigan area that law enforcement takes a zero stance towards domestic violence.”
All ceremonies are scheduled for October 3rd. One will be in Gratiot County in front of the County Building at 9am, another will be in Isabella County in front of the County Building at 1pm, and the other will be in Clare County in front of the County Building at 11am.