Domestic violence awareness day set

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- There is help out there that comes from a variety of sources for domestic violence victims.

The Albany Police Department's Family Protection Unit teamed with other community organizations assisting victims of domestic violence to hold "Community Awareness Day" Saturday in the Harvey's Supermarket shopping center at 1032 W. Gordon Ave.

"We are here with information for the public about domestic violence," said police Sgt. Tracey Hudson. "It is about where to go and who to talk to. It is about prevention before we have to show up at the scene."

The Unit wants to specifically reach out to those who are least likely to seek the resources available to them, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. They are repeat victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse as well as their children.

A representative of the Lily Pad Sane Center, wanted people to know their rape crisis center for abused women and children has a 24-hour hotline at (229) 435-5459.

Among other services the center offers compassionate forensic exams, counseling services rape prevention and training.

Usually a Dougherty District Attorney's Office will see a victim after the abuse has been committed. The office does not have to be the last resort according to information from its booth.

The District Attorney's Office can obtain restraining orders, direct victims to resources that can pay medical bills, provide counseling and shelter.

An abused woman and children's shelter Liberty House had representatives at the event collecting pledges on a pledge board. By noon the pledge board had more than 20 handprints.

"This is our Handprint Project," said Erica Graham. "We encourage men to dip their hand in paint and make a handprint as a pledge to take a public stand against domestic violence."