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WHEREAS, approximately one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point
during their lifetimes, and on average three women are killed each day at the hands of a current
or former intimate partner; and,

WHEREAS, domestic violence can have long-term damaging effects on victims and their
families, including children who are impacted by exposure to the abuse; and,

WHEREAS, the problem of domestic violence is not confined to any group or groups of people
but crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers, and is
sustained by societal indifference; and,

WHEREAS, the crime of domestic violence violates an individuals privacy, dignity, security,
and humanity due to the systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and
economic control and/or abuse, and domestic abusers should be punished to the full extent of
the law; and,

WHEREAS, these victims deserve compassion, comfort, healing, access to medical and legal
services, counseling, transitional housing, and other supportive services to help them escape the
cycle of abuse, and it is important to recognize the compassion and dedication of those who
provide these services; and,

WHEREAS, many local programs, state coalitions, national organizations, and other agencies
are committed to increasing public awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence, and to
eliminating it through prevention and education.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Woody Jacobs, as Mayor of the City of Cullman and on behalf of the
Cullman City Council and our citizens, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017


in the City of Cullman and urge our citizens to speak out against domestic violence and to
support organizations that assist domestic violence victims in our community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my

hand and caused the seal of the City of Cullman to be
affixed on this, the 4th day of October, 2017.

Woody Jacobs, Mayor