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Commander's Proclamation

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Our campaign against domestic violence in the Army is ongoing. But each year, along with citizens and public officials across the United States, we declare the month of October as Domestic Violence Prevention Month, in order to call attention to the problem, and to re-commit ourselves to our goal.

Our campaign against domestic violence will succeed. Several years ago, all military services stepped up their efforts to end domestic violence, and the Army led the way. As time goes on, we are beginning to see some results: the numbers of cases have been in decline since the mid-1990's. We note with cautious optimism that the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has reported a significant decrease in domestic violence against women in the U.S. between 1993 and 1998 (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/ipv.txt). But the numbers remain terribly high -- 1 million cases of intimate partner violence in 1998. And the rate of domestic violence is also troubling, at 7.7 per thousand women and 1.5 per thousand men in the general population.

Our leadership is important. What we succeed in applying to the needs of the military can have positive results in the civilian community as well. Everyone at this installation must be a role model for what is right and just when it comes to domestic violence. We must continue to build strong partnerships with the civilian community, so we can use Army teamwork to share our best prevention efforts.

Our command commitment to domestic violence prevention is total. Violence that occurs in our military families undermines our military objectives. Such violence, according to the latest study, is witnessed by children in 43% of all reported cases. In other words, violence between intimate partners does violence to the children in the home. One more reason our campaign against domestic violence must succeed.

Abraham Lincoln's famous saying, "A house divided against itself cannot stand" has a serious meaning in the campaign against domestic violence: not only does domestic violence tear homes apart, it also tears at the entire military community. Each and every one of us must take a role in prevention: in this crucial issue, no one is an innocent bystander.

Our campaign for 2000, therefore, declares, "There is No Room for Domestic Violence in the Army Family."

To further our campaign, I hereby proclaim October 2000 as Domestic Violence Prevention Month at (Name of Installation) and call on every member of this community to join in the campaign.

(Signature of the Installation Commander.)

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