Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office Victim Service kicked off a month of domestic violence awareness events today in Florence in front of the Pinal County Superior Court Building.
County Attorney Voyles served as a criminal prosecutor for over ten years and handled cases ranging from gang-related violence to domestic violence. Domestic violence cases represent some of the most violent and dangerous situations Pinal families face and awareness, education, and prevention remain a key aspect to combating it. By holding a month of events throughout Pinal County, County Attorney Voyles hopes to encourage silent victims to come forward and for family members and friends to understand the best ways to assist victims they may know.
Joining County Attorney Voyles and his staff were Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who delivered the keynote address; County Supervisor Cheryl Chase, District Two; Steve Vihauer, representing Chad Roche, Pinal County Clerk of the Court; Apache Junction Police Chief Tom Kelly; Pat Griffin, Director of Against Abuse, Inc.; and Michele Reimer, CAAFA’s Community Outreach and Prevention Coordinator.
Jerry Smith, Director of the PCAO Family Advocacy Center in Eloy, and Michelle Johnson, Director of PCAO Victim Services, also participated in the hour long program.
Regarding the month of awareness and event, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “In Arizona, one or more youth witnesses an incident of domestic violence every 44 seconds and male children who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners later in life. We join here today and throughout the month to encourage victims to break the silence, open dialogue in our communities, and to ultimately break the cycle of domestic violence victimizing our Pinal families.”
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