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The mountains encircling Jackson Hole can't protect even this idyllic community from the very real issue of domestic violence -- a problem that knows no societal barriers and crosses all social, economic, racial and societal lines. One in four women in the United States will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
The Teton County Board of County Commissioners today joined leaders across the community and country in speaking out against the issue by recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling attention to domestic violence and joining together in pledging to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence.
"Now, therefore be it resolved, on behalf of the residents of Teton County, Wyoming, the Board of County Commissioners does hereby recognize the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and reaffirm our dedication to forging a community where no one suffers the hurt and hardship that domestic violence causes -- and commit to doing everything in our power to uphold the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse," states the resolution, which was read aloud at the board's regular meeting today by board Vice-Chair Mark Newcomb.
The resolution was requested by the Community Safety Network and Teton County Victim Services.
View full resolution here.