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"Together We Can: Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Sheriff Potter"
Dear DeSoto County,
October is a month that holds special significance for us as a community, as it is a time we celebrate the beauty of fall and reflect upon a pressing issue that impacts far too many lives – domestic violence.
October is recognized nationwide as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness, supporting survivors and promoting change in our community and across the country. It’s an opportunity for us all to come together as a community to address a problem that can hide in the shadows of our society.
Domestic violence is not limited to any one race, gender or economic status. It is a pervasive issue impacting countless individuals and families in our own neighborhoods. It is the silent suffering of those who endure physical, emotional or psychological abuse within the walls of their homes.
As the Sheriff, I am committed to addressing domestic violence head-on in DeSoto County. We must strive to create a safe and supportive environment where survivors feel empowered to speak out, seek help and break free from the cycle of abuse. To achieve this, we must come together and work together.
  1. Raise Awareness: It starts with understanding the signs of domestic violence and knowing how to support those who may be experiencing it. Education is the key to prevention.
  2. Support Survivors: Reach out to local organizations and resources that provide shelter, counseling, legal assistance and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence.
  3. Hold Offenders Accountable: Law enforcement agencies including DCSO are here to protect and serve. We promise to continue investigating domestic violence cases thoroughly and bring those responsible to justice.
  4. Promote Healthy Relationships: Teach our children about respect, consent and healthy relationships from an early age, preventing violence before it begins.
  5. Engage the Community: Encourage open dialogues about domestic violence within our community. It is only by breaking the silence that we can foster change.
Let us use this month to remind ourselves that we all have a role to play in ending domestic violence. Together, we can create a community where safety, respect, and love prevail over fear and abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out for help. Here at DCSO, our Victims Advocate Unit is prepared to provide support and guidance to you. Remember, you are not alone, and you do not have to endure this in silence.
I encourage you to embrace this Domestic Violence Awareness Month as an opportunity to stand together as a community against the darkness of domestic violence. By shedding light on this issue, we can create a safer, healthier and happier DeSoto County for all.
Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.

Sheriff Jim Potter