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12-221 Unity Day Presentation Marks Start Of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Detention and Corrections Bureau
Program Services Section

The Sheriff’s Detention and Corrections Programs Services Section has coordinated a series of events and displays aimed at raising awareness on the serious and too often tragic consequences of domestic violence. The actual displays and reference materials are created by jail inmates, and based upon their personal experience with this important public safety and social issue.

An opening Unity Day presentation is set for Monday, October 1, 2012 to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will be held in the Pinellas County Jail public lobby. There will be representatives/speakers from the domestic violence prevention and social services community; advocacy groups; and a family survivor. The opening will be hosted by the Sheriff’s Program Services and Guest Emcee Lissette Campos, ABC Action News Community Affairs Director.

The location is the Public Lobby at the Pinellas County Jail located at 14400 49th Street North in Clearwater.

The Unity Day presentation for this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness display is set for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012.

The Silent Witness Project is the centerpiece of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month display. The exhibit consists of life size red, wooden silhouettes which represents a victim who has been killed as a result of domestic violence. Elsewhere in the display are the personal stories from jail inmates about how they survived domestic violence either as an adult or a child. Many of the stories are illustrated by the inmates themselves.

Elsewhere in the display, the artwork of juvenile inmates depict how affected or influence their young lives.

Their identities may be protected, but their message through their art is powerful.

Citizens can first view the display in the Public Lobby of the Pinellas County Jail. During the month, the display will travel to other public lobbies of Sheriff’s Office facilities so that the voices of domestic violence victims are heard in a number of areas.

For more information, call the Public Information Office at 727-582-6221.

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