Prattville Mayor to Sign Historic Proclamation


CONTACT: Deborah Yarbrough, or (334) 361-3652

October 1, 2012

Joining U.S. and world leaders in recognizing domestic violence as a human rights concern and declaring that freedom from domestic violence is a human right toward which state and local governments should aspire on behalf of all of the citizens they serve, Mayor Bill Gillespie will sign a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mayor Gillespie has worked with the Autauga County Domestic Violence Task Force to make this step possible.

Prattville will be one of only a handful of communities, which will include Montgomery later in the month, taking this strong stand against the torment of domestic violence that afflicts so many of the families in our City.

This measure being taken by Mayor Gillespie is in line with the cutting-edge work already being done in Prattville to combat domestic violence. Prattville is one of a few cities in Alabama to have a representative of the police department dedicated specifically to assisting domestic violence victims and making sure that officers are trained concerning crimes related to domestic violence. This representative, Deborah Yarbrough, was recently awarded the annual "Justice for Victims Award" by the Family Sunshine Center, our local domestic violence shelter. Ms. Yarbrough, along with representatives from the Family Sunshine Center, the Family Support Center, and Legal Services Alabama meet weekly as the Autauga County Family Justice Group to ensure that domestic violence victims in our city receive all services available to them so that they and their children can be safe.

This proclamation will be signed on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Prattville in conjunction with the training sponsored by the Autauga County Domestic Violence Task Force for daycare workers.