State Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, gives an address at a domestic violence awareness event held on Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany Wednesday. Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of the base, signed a proclamation to declare October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. — Marines are tasked with fighting battles overseas and come home to face other stress as well. Like the civilians they protect, they are not immune from stress reaching a boiling point that could result in domestic violence.
Marine Corps officials are doing their part to raise awareness of the issue. Officials at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany declared October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month at a proclamation ceremony conducted Wednesday aboard the base.
“Domestic violence touches people of all ages, even in the military,” said Brenda Ray, prevention and education coordinator for Marine and Family Services. “Victims often suffer in silence without knowing where to go.
“Domestic violence happens and it continues to be a problem.”
The event began with a group motorcycle riders, consisting of riders on the base and a few law enforcement officials, on a route that ended at the Marine and Family Services Center on the installation.
Also on hand to make remarks was Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command.
“It’s an epidemic impacting every community,” he said. “It touches every aspect of life.
“All of us have a job to do when it comes to combating domestic violence. It requires a deep commitment to protect families. It’s our responsibility to protect the Corps and protect our families.”
The guest speaker was state Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany.
“I know we have come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” she said. “We must have the appropriate support services (for Marines) to function successfully.
“Domestic violence is caused for a number of reasons. We have to work together to figure out the cause in every case and (provide whatever support necessary).”
Outside the center, which offers counseling support to Marine families on the base, there were purple ribbons out on display to signify the cause.
Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of MCLB-Albany, signed a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month — which is now on display at the family services center through the end of the month.
Statistics provided by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence indicate that there were 62,156 domestic violence incidents that law enforcement officers responded to in Georgia in 2009. From 2003 to 2010, there were 962 Georgians that lost their lives due to domestic violence.
In 2010 alone, there were 130 fatalities. In 43 percent of cases studied through the state’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project, children were present during a domestic violence killing.
The state was recently ranked 10th in the nation for men killing women, the commission said.