Hattiesburg Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Hattiesburg Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted: Updated:

For the month of October, purple is the color of domestic violence awareness.

"The Mayor of Hattiesburg, in recognition of important work done by the Domestic Violence program, proclaims October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month," Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree read.

He said part of his job is to highlight areas that are a detriment to the city, and domestic violence is one of them.

"It's one of those events that happens that puts everybody at harm, not only the two that are involved in the domestic dispute, but also the police officer as well," DuPree said.

He explained in 2008, they recognized domestic violence calls skyrocketing, so they sent Lt.. Latosha Myers-Mitchell to start a special force to handle those situations.  She received special training with the Domestic Violence unit in Memphis, Tenn.

"We recognize Domestic Violence Awareness month because a lot of people don't realize that domestic violence is a crime," Mitchell said.  "A lot of people feel that what happens in their home or what happens in the family that's family business, but domestic violence is a crime."

She said it is a crime that can be prevented in many instances.

"...if we educate the public on what the law states about domestic violence and put it out there that there is help for you," Mitchell said.  "You don't have to stay in that situation."

DuPree and Mitchell invite the public to attend a vigil October 29 at the Jackie Dole Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

"It's just going to be a time to sit back and reflect and bring this crime to the forefront and honor those people who may have succumbed to domestic violence and uplift and recognize the survivors," Mitchell said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • WHLT 22 Televising Two Southern Miss Away Football Games

    WHLT 22 Televising Two Southern Miss Away Football Games

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:21:14 GMT
    Hattiesburg, MS -- Fans of Southern Miss football who reside in the Pine Belt will now have the opportunity to watch two of the team's away games this season on WHLT 22. WHLT 22 acquired the rights to air the Saturday, October 4th game against Middle Tennessee State University at 11:00 am CST and the Saturday, October 18th game against North Texas at 6:00 pm CST. WHLT 22 coordinated with Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast the two Southern Miss games on the American Sports Network. “We...
    Hattiesburg, MS -- Fans of Southern Miss football who reside in the Pine Belt will now have the opportunity to watch two of the team's away games this season on WHLT 22. WHLT 22 acquired the rights to air the Saturday, October 4th game against Middle Tennessee State University at 11:00 am CST and the Saturday, October 18th game against North Texas at 6:00 pm CST. WHLT 22 coordinated with Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast the two Southern Miss games on the American Sports Network. “We...
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • Jackson Prep Football Player Dies

    Jackson Prep Football Player Dies

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:52:21 GMT
    Walker WilbanksWalker Wilbanks
    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson Preparatory student athlete who was hospitalized after getting ill at Friday's football game has died. Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during the school's season opener.
    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson Preparatory student athlete who was hospitalized after getting ill at Friday's football game has died. Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during the school's season opener.
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.