Domestic Violence awareness

Johnnie Mae Wilson and Katillya Tucker, S.A.F.E. Program advocate, pose at the booth that is set up at the Baldwin County Courthouse in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The table is located just outside the Baldwin County Solicitor General’s Office. 

Purple is the color used across the nation to show people it’s time to end domestic violence.

It’s not any different in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, where domestic violence continues to be a big concern.

“We’re bringing awareness to this issue because it’s a big problem in Milledgeville and Baldwin County,” said Johnnie Mae Wilson, a longtime victim’s advocate in the Baldwin County Solicitor General’s Office. “We’ve set up a table in the courthouse with brochures and other literature that can be picked up and read.”

Wilson said the ultimate goal is to end domestic violence and to stop what she called “senseless killings.”

She indicated that there had been many such violent acts in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County area during the last several years.

“I worked several of those cases, personally, so I know that domestic violence goes on right here where we live,” Wilson said.

Throughout October, Wilson said she and others within the office that she continues to be affiliated with even though she is now officially retired, are requesting people wear purple ribbons on their clothing as a show of support against domestic violence.

The National Domestic Violence Awareness campaign is highly supported by Baldwin County Solicitor General Maxine Blackwell, and her many victim’s services programs, including the S.A.F.E. Program.

S.A.F.E. offers a variety of programs dedicated specifically to addressing and ending domestic violence. The programs include, but are not limited to In Our Best Interest, an educational program that assists women in identifying and embracing healthy relationships. The program also empowers women to discontinue unhealthy, and many times dangerous relationships.

Locally, it’s all about showing the community’s fight against domestic violence, Wilson said.

“No one should have to be at war in their own home,” according to a cover sheet informing the public about the special awareness month.

For more information call the Baldwin County Solicitor General’s Office at: 478-445-4445. The office is located on the third floor of the courthouse in Suite 313.

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