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Disabilities awareness and domestic violence month

October 05, 2005|by TARA REILLY

October was named Domestic Violence and Disabilities Awareness Month on Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The County Commissioners recognized the Washington County Family Violence Council and CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused Inc.) in the proclamation.

Family violence "respects no racial, religious class or geographic boundaries and, in fact, has reached epidemic proportion in nearly all regions of our nation. It is the mission of the Family Violence Council for the forthcoming year to promote awareness of the silent victims of family violence, our children," according to the proclamation.

CASA, which has been providing services to victims of family violence since 1977, has helped 1,994 individuals and responded to 17,003 hot line calls in Washington County from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005, the proclamation states.

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The commissioners also recognized members of the Disabilities Advisory Committee, which works with the commissioners "to remove physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers to people with disabilities in the government and private sectors," according to the proclamation naming Disabilities Awareness Month.

The goal of the committee is to help individuals with disabilities achieve personal and professional goals and be able to live independent, productive and full lives in their communities, the proclamation states.

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