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Ripon Council recognizes domestic violence month
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Raman Dhindsa of the Womens Center of San Joaquin hears a proclamation by Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn, recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

One in every four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

That’s a disturbing statistic provided by the Women’s Center of San Joaquin.

When put into perspective, Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn, reading a proclamation that recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, added: “Approximately, 15.5 million children will be exposed to it.”

Raman Dhindsa, who is the Focus Program Manager for the Women’s Center, was on hand at a recent Ripon City Council session.

She not only thanked elected leaders for their continued support on educating people on this disturbing matter that “can have long-term damaging effects on the victim (while) also leaving a mark on family, friends and the community at large,” according to the proclamation.

The proclamation also recognized the staff and volunteers of the Women’s Center for their year-round efforts to put a halt on this issue. The hope is to educate young people on healthy relationships and changing attitudes that support violence.

As it stands, domestic violence is widespread and devastating to a society, as a whole.

“The problem is not confined to any group or groups of people, and crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious and societal barriers,” said Winn.

The Women’s Center, in addition, has 24-hour helpline services to victim and survivors. Information on that can be obtained by logging on to