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Posted on: October 2, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

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Domestic violence is a significant problem facing all communities. Consider for a moment that in Marshalltown during the period of July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, the police department investigated 350 domestic violence related calls for service and 41 sexual assault incidents.  These known numbers are staggering enough.  Now consider that some studies have shown only 25% of domestic violence related crimes are ever reported to the police.  (The reporting rate for sex crimes is even lower.)  If this report rate holds true in Marshalltown, that would mean there were over 1000 domestic violence related incidents, which went unreported during the aforementioned period.


These criminal incidents significantly affect police department resources and have long-term effects upon countless families and children in our community.  National studies tell us that nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner.  Intimate partner violence affects more than 12 million people each year in the United States.

 

The Marshalltown Police Department takes this problem seriously and is committed to working with the community to combat the problems of abuse and violence. We need your help. As a community we need to stand together to stop violence. We must educate our children to treat all people with dignity and respect. We must stop avoiding the problems of family violence and stop blaming the victims as somehow being the cause of domestic abuse. This is a community problem that cannot be tolerated. By working together as one community, we can have a positive impact on this social problem.


If you need help getting out of an abusive situation or you know someone who needs help, you can contact the telephone numbers below for help and information.


Marshalltown Police Department:

(641) 754-5725 or 911


Marshall County Attorney’s Office:

(641) 754-6314


Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS):

(855) 983-4641


National Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 799-7233


For more information, please contact Police Chief Michael Tupper by calling 641.754.5771 or via email at mtupper@ci.marshalltown.ia.us.

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