MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison Police Department’s patrol cars have a new look this month.
On the side of each car, there’s now a purple magnetic ribbon with the message “End Violence.” The ribbons, from Crisis Services of North Alabama, are in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Lt. Terrell Cook says he hopes they will send a message to victims that help is available. “They don’t have to suffer through that in silence. They can contact us. They can contact Crisis Services and together, we can get them some help and make them safer,” adds Lt. Cook.
So far this year, Madison Police have responded to 470 domestic violence calls. While that represents a small drop over the same period last year, it’s still 470 too many for police.
Anyone in need of help is urged to call the Crisis Services hotline at (256) 716-1000. Someone is available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The agency operates two domestic violence shelters. Victims who are unable to decide to leave are still urged to make an escape plan.
More information may be found here. Remember, when researching domestic violence resources online, victims are urged to use computers to which their abuser has no access.