Dougherty County Coroner Emma Quimbley speaks at a domestic violence awareness proclamation event Thursday at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Statistics from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence show that there were 108 domestic violence fatalities reported statewide in 2011.
MCLB-ALBANY — When fighting the battle against domestic violence, officials say one segment of the population that cannot be forgotten is those fighting overseas.
Officials with Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thursday in a ceremony aboard the installation.
While domestic violence is an issue that crosses all barriers, officials say there is a special meaning to the cause of prevention for military families.
“Consider patrolling high combat zones in Afghanistan, and a week later, after finding yourself back home with bills to pay and family members angry ... in many of these situations, domestic violence results,” said Brenda Ray, prevention and education coordinator for Marine and Family Services aboard the base. “When a person is victimized, domestic violence victims often suffer in silence.
“Domestic violence should not happen to anyone, period. When it does, people need to know where to turn for help.”
Dougherty County Coroner Emma Quimbley spoke at the event. In her line of work, she said she has not only seen the impact of domestic violence situations turning fatal, but also the influence a case can have on the children who witness it.
“At some point, it takes a village to raise a child,” Quimbley said. “That still stands.
“We do know that domestic violence does exist. We do know that it is one of the leading causes of death, and (the impacts of it) trickle down to children (and can lead them to join gangs, etc.). If you are being abused, you are not alone, it’s not your fault and there is help out there.”
Quimbley’s words were followed by a proclamation read and signed by Col. Donald Davis, commanding officer of MCLB-Albany.
Among those from the community at the event were Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards and Dougherty County Police Department Chief Don Cheek.
Cheek, who participated in a motorcycle ride preceding the proclamation, was presented a lifetime achievement award from Davis at the ceremony.
Roughly 70 riders participated in Thursday’s proclamation ceremony, officials at the base say.
Statistics from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence show that there were 108 domestic violence fatalities reported statewide in 2011, and that firearms were the cause of death in 69-76 percent of cases from 2009-2011.
On a national level, one in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime, and 85 percent of cases are committed by men against women, data from GCFV indicates.