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Domestic Violence Action Month Aims to Raise Awareness of Prevention

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KENNEWICK, WA - October is Domestic Violence Action Month, the goal is to raise awareness that domestic violence is preventable.

One in four women will suffer from domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime but although services and law enforcement are always available to help the first steps toward taking action start with family and friends.

"We want to break the this cycle of violence," said Sergeant Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department, he also said they respond to an average of two domestic violence calls a day.

Erinn Gailey, Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties Program Director said "what we really want people to know is that everyone can play a role in stopping and preventing domestic violence."

Experts said preventing domestic violence starts with having open conversations about relationships with your friends and family often.

"The most important thing to do is just express your concern, 'I really care about you, I've heard something or seen some things that worry me, make me feel scared or makes me fell uncomfortable and I'm here for you," added Gailey.

Kennewick Police said in the last few years, a majority of homicides in the city have been domestic violence related.

"These are two people that at one point loved each other and in a crime of passion if you will, one person killed the other," explained Stg. Lattin.

NBC Right Now brought you the story of a man that stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in their Richland home in September, Lawrence Miller is facing a charge of second degree murder.

In addition just last week Kennewick Police responded to a domestic dispute in which a man caused extensive damage to his wife's eye after he hit her.  A situation that could end up even worse without intervention.  

"When we're talking about it before it becomes worrisome or concerning it makes it's even easier for people to know that you can be of support," concluded Gailey.