MAPLEWOOD, NJ – After reading a piece about a woman whose abuser always gave her flowers afterward, Maplewood Welfare Director Sandra Bartlett passed out flowers to those attending the Maplewood Township Committee meeting on Tuesday night.

Bartlett was on hand for the declaration of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Deputy Mayor Kathleen Leventhal read the proclamation.

The document affirms “the continuing commitment of the Township of Maplewood to advocate for the rights of all victims of domestic violence, and encourage all citizens to recognize and participate in the programs to work toward improving victim safety and holding perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their actions against individual victims and our society as a whole.”

Statistics cited in the proclamation included the following:

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
     
  • Women between the ages of 20 and 24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal violence
     
  • Only 25 percent of offenses are reported
     
  • In New Jersey, 31 percent of reported cases involve children.