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Laurel Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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LAUREL, Miss. - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The City of Laurel spent the day brining awareness about abuse.

Every 15 seconds, a woman is battered in the United States, according to the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. 

"Out of the 11 counties we serve, we served 300 people in 2012 at our shelter," said Becky Sims, executive director of the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter.

Education Coordinator for the shelter, LaWanda Formisano said, "as a generation we need to be more aware of domestic violence".

To bring more awareness to the problem, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation for the city.

"It's affects all of us no matter who you are," he said.

Formisano said there are certain signs to watch for, even with youth.

"They're angry, they act out, their defiant," she said.

"We want the victims to know that we are here for them and help them and give them support," said Taletha Winston, victim advocate coordinator for the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

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