By: By Diane Turner-Hurns
Source: Journal Online
While noting that in Cook County alone there were 30,848 domestic violence orders of protection and 140,346 orders for all of Illinois issued in 2012, Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney proclaimed October to be Domestic Violence Awareness month Tuesday night at the city council meeting.
In presenting the proclamation, Rooney noted violence against women and children continues to be a more prevalent problem in the Northwest suburbs. The Rolling Meadows Police Dept. treats domestic violence incidents in the same professional manner as all other crimes by providing immediate, effective assistance and protection for victims and witnesses, according to domestic violence outreach workers.
Locally, victims can contact Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger) at 847-963-8910, call 877-863-6338, go to www.wingsprogram.com or towww.endallabuse.org for assistance. Victims can also contact the Rolling Meadows Police Dept. for help.
In receiving the proclamation during a presentation at the city council meeting, Social Services Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence Natalia Mercado thanked the city council and police for all of their support in helping prevent domestic violence and for supporting the victims.
When asked if the domestic violence incidents were going up or down, Mercado said, “It is being addressed. People are getting help.”
Interestingly, Mayor Mercado decided to evade the question about whether the rates of domestic violence are climbing or not. I wonder why he didn’t chose to speak directly with his constituency.
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