Commissioners Court Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Commissioners Court and Women in Need recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Rockwall County.

(ROCKWALL, TX — October 16, 2018) The Rockwall County Commissioners Court proclaimed the month of October 2018 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the county.

Women in Need joined the court during its regular meeting last week to highlight the services they provide to victims of domestic violence.  WIN Executive Director Connie Pettitt spoke to the increasing awareness of the community when it comes to domestic violence.

“We’re doing an anti-bullying program in our schools here in Rockwall, as well as a teen dating violence program. Children are going home and telling their parents, ‘Hey, that’s not okay.’  We are seeing an increase in numbers at our location, and we’re very thankful that we’re able to help those individuals,” Pettit said. “I want to thank the Rockwall County Commissioners Court for allowing us to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I also want to thank our first responders, because we couldn’t be doing what we’re doing without their help and support.”

WIN invited the community to a couple events last week in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Friday, Oct. 12, WIN hosted a Rockwall County Vigil for domestic violence victims at the Rockwall County Courthouse. Following the vigil, WIN treated first responders and volunteers to a special luncheon in their honor inside the courthouse.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, WIN will also hold a Hunt County Vigil on the steps of the Hunt County Courthouse (2507 Lee St.) in Greenville.

Rockwall County Judge for a Day

Commissioners Court and Fulton Academy second grader Dexter Shaw

Also during the meeting, the Commissioners Court welcomed Fulton Academy second grader Dexter Shaw as Rockwall County Judge for a Day.

Shaw spent the day with County Judge David Sweet, who took him on a tour of the Rockwall Historic Courthouse. They also visited the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office, the Rockwall County Library, and spent time with District Judge Brett Hall.

For Shaw’s leadership as County Judge for a Day, Sweet presented him with a Certificate of Recognition.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to be able to spend some time with Dexter and show him what’s going on with the county,” Sweet said.

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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