Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

October 10, 2012

Waging war against domestic violence

TAHLEQUAH — In Cherokee County alone, 1,267 incidents of domestic violence incidents were reported from 2006 to 2010. Perhaps even more distressing, according to LegalMatch.com, is the fact that about 25 percent of the victims never file a report with law enforcement.

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month, and Help-In-Crisis continues to fight in the war against this societal tragedy.

“This is a very busy month for us,” said HIC Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Guthrie. “We provide services in four counties, and we have something going on at each site throughout October.”

HIC has offices in Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties. The nonprofit organization offers comprehensive services, including a crisis hotline, sexual assault services and prevention activities, court advocacy, a domestic violence shelter, child abuse prevention program and counseling.

Guthrie said cases of reported domestic violence fluctuate annually, but have not run under 200 since 2006. The lowest reported number between 2006 and 2010 was 217 in 2006; the highest was 292, in 2009.

To raise awareness and promote prevention, HIC has adopted the color purple – the nationally recognized hue for domestic violence.

“We encourage everyone to wear purple throughout the month of October,” said Guthrie. “It shows our continuous effort to eliminate violence in our community.”

On Tuesday, HIC staff met with Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols, who signed a proclamation designating October as Domestic Prevention Awareness Month in the city.

The month-long observance evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. According to NCADC’s website, the intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week, when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels.

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, and the same year, the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989, the commemorative legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.

Guthrie said the Silent Witness Project will visit Tahlequah Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Norris Park from 11 a.m. to early evening. The event may include speakers, which will be announced later.

For those unfamiliar with the project, Silent Witness is a series of life-size, wooden cutouts in the form of silhouettes of women and children who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Each bears the name of a victim, and those who have seen the installation are often moved to tears by its impact.

The initiative began in 1990 in Minnesota, and has grown to include projects in 46 states across the country.

Guthrie said one of the best ways to encourage prevention is to volunteer.

“We always need volunteers,” said Guthrie. “We would love to have those who are interested in working our hotline, as well as regular volunteers for the shelter. Anyone interested in helping out can stop by our office at 205 N. College Ave. and pick up an application. We’re hosting a hotline training session in November, and volunteers who complete that are qualified to become domestic violence advocates.”

Many women have their first encounters with domestic violence in high school or college. Northeastern State University officials take the matter seriously.

“The safety and welfare of our students is our main priority, and with that in mind, we, as a police department take an active part in every step of the process,” said Detective Sgt. Jim Flores of the NSU Campus Police Department. “From the moment an officer arrives on the scene and up until the end of the investigation, we remain in constant contact with the student to ensure the student receives the very best care and service.”

Flores said once NSU police learn a student has become a victim of domestic abuse, officials immediately contact the NSU HawkReach program.

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ths-jazz-2.jpg THS jazz band gets up early to hone performance skills

    It means getting up an hour earlier, and it doesn’t count as a class, but the jazz band at Tahlequah High School enjoys the dedication of a group of enthusiastic students.
    The THS Jazz Band practices every day at 7 a.m., an hour before the start of classes. It numbers 17, and is led by Director Orien Landis.
    “They have to do this before school and they get no class credit, but we have a full band,” Landis said. “They are really excited about this.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Easter-basket-kid.jpg Easter traditions date back centuries

    Some Christians may lament a partial shift of focus, but a Christian holy day - perhaps the most holy of all – is this Sunday, and it will be marked with celebrations all around the world.
    The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. For centuries, the observant have fasted, reflected or done penance in the weeks leading to the holiday. But today, many also associate the holiday with the Easter bunny, candy, and kites. In 2013, Americans spent $2.1 billion on Easter candy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Some oppose minimum wage hike; others decry strong-arming by state

    President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate recently announced a push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. On the heels of the announcement, an initiative petition was introduced in Oklahoma City to raise the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10. If it gained 80,000 signatures, it would be put to a vote of the people.
    This legislative session, a bill passed prohibiting municipalities from setting a minimum was or vacation and sick-day requirements. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law earlier this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Phone scam takes $500 from couple

    Authorities are warning Cherokee County residents to watch for a costly phone scam that recently targeted a local couple and ended in their loss of $500.
    According to sheriff’s deputies, a couple contacted authorities after losing $500 to the scam. The couple received a phone call from a man who identified himself only as “Mr. Green.” He told the couple they had won $1.5 million through Publisher’s Clearing House, but to collect the money, the couple would have to purchase a $500 money card to cover various fees.

    April 18, 2014

  • Missing local teen found dead

    The body of a missing 17-year-old boy was found in southern Cherokee County on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said.
    Brikk Pritchett was reported missing earlier this month after disappearing on March 30, a day before his 17th birthday.

    April 18, 2014

  • ts honor flight 1.tif Flight of honor

    World War II veteran Charles Harra flew missions for the Army Air Corps, and if you ask him which flight was his most memorable, he’ll say it was his 35th mission.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged after leading authorities on wild chase

    Prosecutors have formally charged a man who allegedly led authorities on a wild high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County in late March.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sex offender bonds out after failing to register

    A Cherokee County man is out on bond after being arrested last week for failing to register as a sex offender.

    April 17, 2014

  • jn radiator shop.jpg ‘Greenbelt’ progressing

    Crews this week began to demolish an abandoned radiator shop at the corner of South Street and Guinn Avenue.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts slut walk.tif SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

    “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”
    This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Stocks