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Mayor’s March Against Domestic Violence returns Oct. 6

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – Mayor Tom McNamara announced Thursday that the second annual Mayor’s March Against Domestic Violence will be held Sunday, Oct. 6.

The two-mile march begins at noon. It starts at City Hall and will stop at several of the places victims and survivors of domestic violence are required to travel throughout Winnebago County. The mayor said the route is meant to show part of the path one must travel to receive help. It will end at City Market pavilion.

“Fifty-three percent of our aggravated assaults are domestic-violence related,” McNamara said, referring to crime statistics from January through August.

Local crime stats also show that 75% of juveniles arrested for violent offenses in 2016 and 2017 either witnessed domestic violence in their homes or were victims themselves.

Last year, McNamara created the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention to coordinate city efforts and comprehensively tackle the problems of domestic violence and human trafficking.

The Mayor’s March is sponsored by the City of Rockford, the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council and 13 WREX.

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