IRON MOUNTAIN - Area residents, law enforcement personnel and Caring House officials participated in the Break the Silence Event Tuesday in Iron Mountain to show their commitment to end domestic violence.
"Participants proceeded from the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department to Caring House with horns honking and sirens blaring, making the clear statement that Dickinson County is striving to become a Domestic Violence Free Zone," said Cheryl O'Neil, executive director of the Caring House, a domestic violence shelter in Iron Mountain.
"An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year," she said. "This is not to say men are not victims as well. The National Network to End Domestic Violence 2001 report reflects that women are 90-95 percent more likely to suffer physical assaults than men."
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Fay Arnold of Powers, a Caring House employee, ties a purple ribbon on a Kingsford Public Safety Department cruiser before the End the Silence procession Tuesday.
"Domestic violence affects us all, and all of us - women, children and men - must be part of the solution," she said. "Everyone can speak out against domestic violence. The problem will continue until society stands up with one resounding voice and says 'no more,'" she said
To learn more about what community members can do to end domestic violence, contact Caring House at 774-1112.