first_imgBy WVUA 23 Reporter Alessandra Pontbriand and WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Savannah BullardOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a local organization is helping the community learn more about the cause.Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter serving West Alabama, came together in conjunction with three local police departments to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence, Oct. 7.Turning Point’s executive director Equiller Mahone said the event is to promote awareness, prevention and proactive responses to domestic violence.“At the end of the event, I want everyone to leave and think about how they can help within their own communities, within their own personal settings,” Mahone said. “Domestic violence can happen at any setting and wanting people to know what resources are available in case someone approaches them and they’re needing help.”The Northport Police Department presented a self defense demonstration, showing attendees how to get away if they are in danger. Northport Police Department domestic violence investigator Anna Randall said the department works closely with Turning Point and they came to show their support for the cause.“Especially as a first responder, we’ve come so far with what we do for domestic violence,” Randall said. “But, there is always room for improvement, so when we can raise awareness, that’s what we want to do.”The Tuscaloosa Police Department and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office also showed support at the event. Sheriff Ron Abernathy said domestic violence is the most common, yet least reported crime. In 2017, there were 1,400 domestic violence cases reported in Tuscaloosa County.The event closed with a vigil honoring victims and survivors. To learn more about Turning Point and domestic violence, visit turningpointservices.org.last_img

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