ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County commissioners recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their past meeting.
Cathy Campbell, executive director of the Tri-County Help Center, and other representatives spoke about the group's efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and to provide services.
She noted an increase in cases and requests from families for shelter and services. She credited the community support for allowing the agency to reach more people and provide more service.
"As awareness raises, so do the victims and families seeking services," she said, adding that services are provided to the victim, children involved, and the offenders."
Activities this month include a walk in Harrison County and a first-responder training in Belmont County, as well as the march Oct. 16, 6 p.m. from the office at 104 1/2 North Marietta St. to the courthouse. Commissioner Ginny Favede will serve as guest speaker. All are welcome.
Favede noted the wide-ranging impact of domestic violence, which extends beyond the original victim and has many contributing factors.
"Domestic violence affects us all," she said, adding that factors such as drug use further exacerbate the problem. "We have a drug problem in Belmont County, and we also have a violence problem in Belmont County, and they are associated with one another."
She reaffirmed the commissioners' commitment to agencies such as the drug task force and Harmony House as well as Tri-County.
"Law enforcement is fighting the war on drugs, the war on crime, the war on domestic violence every day in our county," said Commissioner Charles R. Probst, Jr.
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