ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — The City of Ada and members of the Pontotoc County Coordinated Community Response Team are recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

The proclamation states the city and other local agencies are committed to taking a firm position against domestic violence and will remain focused on ensuring abusers are held responsible for their crimes. 

“Domestic violence is a huge issue in Oklahoma," said Family Crisis Center executive director Shelley Battles-Reichle. "We want to bring awareness to the issue, and we also want to let people know that there is help available 24 hours a day.”

The crisis center says 49 percent of women and 40 percent of men in Oklahoma will experience domestic violence.

“It's never their fault,"Battles-Reichle said. "Domestic violence is serious, but there is always help available they can call our 24-hour hotline at any time and speak with a trained advocate to get help for themselves, or maybe for loved ones that might be in an abusive situation.”

The 24-hour hotline number is 580-436-3504. 

The Family Crisis Center offers non-residential services like support groups, individual counseling, safety planning, and court assistance. 

“When they go to their final court protective order hearing, I go with them for moral support,” said court advocate Jocee Bailey. “And if they have any questions about the process and what it might look like and what options are available for them, I can help explain all of that so when they go in there, they don't feel blindsided.”

Pontotoc County agencies will educate people on these issues during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

“It lets people in Pontotoc County know that it's not just our agency in this fight against domestic violence and putting an end to it,” Battles-Reichle said. 

On October 13, the Family Crisis Center will host a candlelit vigil to celebrate survivors, and to remember the lives lost to domestic violence.