FORT MORGAN — — Fort Morgan Mayor Terry McAlister proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Month in the city at Tuesday night’s Fort Morgan City Council meeting.
“The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse, including abuse to children and the elderly,” McAlister read.
His proclamation also pointed out that domestic violence is a problem that affects people of all races and economic and social situations.
“The impact of domestic violence is wide-ranging and directly affecting individuals and society as a whole, here in Morgan County and throughout the United States and the world,” the mayor read.
He urged people to participate in the month’s scheduled activities and programs and to help hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable.
McAlister signed the proclamation and presented it to Jan Schiller, executive director of S.H.A.R.E., Inc., which offers a safe house facility and domestic violence programs in Fort Morgan.
The nonprofit S.H.A.R.E. Inc. serves battered women and their children in Morgan County and other areas in rural northeast Colorado, according to Schiller.
The main activity being held during National Domestic Violence month will be a free seminar about sexual assault in intimate relationships.
“Domestic Violence Under the Covers,” featuring addictions counselor and domestic violence treatment provider A. Mervyn Davies, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Morgan Community College in Bloedorn Lecture Hall.