Police Officers Recognized for Domestic Violence Investigations

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every year in October the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg holds an annual First Responder’s Breakfast to honor the various persons that provide the first on scene response to victims of domestic violence.  On October 4, 2013, three Dauphin County law enforcement officers were honored at the breakfast.  This year, Officer Don Bender from Harrisburg Police Department, Corporal AJ Somma from Susquehanna Police Department and Detective Bryan Jackson from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division were the honored law enforcement officers.   Detective Jackson and Corporal Somma are pictured here with Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico at today’s event.

According to statistics cited by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) on their website:

  • 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

To learn more about services available to domestic violence victims locally, visit the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg website.