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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2010

Contact: Erika Monroe-Kane or Stephanie Hayden, Department of Children and Families, (608) 266-9000

Governor Doyle Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed October as "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs across Wisconsin. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to reflect on how communities can work together to build healthy, thriving families free from the threat of violence.

"Everyday individuals and organizations across Wisconsin help families rebuild their lives for a brighter tomorrow following the trauma of domestic violence," said Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha. "This month, we celebrate those who work to break the cycle of violence and create a safe, hopeful future for all in Wisconsin."

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to stopping domestic violence and is at the forefront of a national movement to improve the response of child welfare agencies to domestic abuse. In addition to a number of new initiatives, DCF is releasing a new domestic violence handbook this month to help child protective agents work better with families experiencing domestic abuse. Children who witness abuse often become adults who inflict violence on others, spurring a tragic cycle of violence that must be stopped. By providing guidance to child welfare agencies about domestic abuse, DCF will help ensure brighter futures for children and families.

On the DCF website throughout the month of October, DCF will highlight organizations and individuals across the state that are committed to ending domestic abuse, www.dcf.wisconsin.gov.

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