October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Monday was the start of a month-long national awareness campaign, highlighting domestic violence.

Melanie Prummer, Executive Director of the Battered Person's Advocacy, says that domestic violence is not only an issue nationwide, but right here in Douglas County.

In the state of Oregon, 65,000 people seek services from domestic violence agencies every day.

Prummer says that the goal of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to get people talking about the problem. "So, that we can provide education to the community and bring awareness to the issue, and also get information out to victims and survivors," she said.

There are several activities going on throughout the month to get the conversation started.

On Saturday, October 13, the BPA will be holding a drive at Fred Meyer on Garden Valley, where people can buy items for survivors.

There's also a poster contest for teens.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you can call the BPA at (541) 673-7867.