The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at their meeting Monday.
“We have made tremendous strides in Oklahoma” as far as domestic violence is concerned, said Cindy Smith, an investigator with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Deparment and the coordinator of the county’s Coordinated Community Response team.
Domestic violence incidents in the state have dropped significantly, she said, and that is directly tied to awareness programs provided on the state and county levels.
Smith said one in three women will experience some form of domestic violence, and one in seven men are victimized.
Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said the addition of a victims’ advocate to his staff has helped lower the number of domestic violence incidents in the county.
In other business, commissioners unanimously approved the final bid for approval of deed for the Commissioners Sale, as well as a subordination agreement between Arvest Bank, successor, and interest by merger to Arvest Mortgage Company and the Sequoyah County Redwood Project Parcel No. 12 for county District 3.
Commissioners also approved the awarding of a bid for the 3rd District’s purchase of several dump trucks, and they also awarded a bid for the purchase of a brush truck for the Brent Fire Department.
The panel also gave the green light to an agreement for website design between Lighthouse Web Design & Marketing and Sequoyah County.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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