HARRISBURG (October 13) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today joined the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) in marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special ceremony honoring the victims of domestic violence and celebrating the lives of those who have survived.

“Domestic violence is a scourge that crosses all boundaries and effects individuals and families from all walks of life. And all too often it ends in the death of innocent victims,” Dinniman said. “Domestic violence cannot and will not be tolerated. In the legislature, we must work together with law enforcement personnel and judicial officials to find ways to increase protections for victims and those who are at risk, as well as break the cycle of domestic violence before it occurs.”

rally flyer2Dinniman and fellow legislators read the names of 114 men, women and children who were killed in domestic violence incidents in the Commonwealth during the past year.

During a somber roll-call ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Dinniman read the names of Cheryl Silvonek, Tymel Kenney, Mark Hudson, Valerie Morrow, Nicholas Mruczek, Jacinda Miller and Nicole Snyder. Two of those victims — Jacinda Miller and Nicholas Mruczek — were killed in Chester County.

Miller, a single mother of two was gunned down by her estranged boyfriend in November of last year as she arrived at work at the Brandywine YMCA.

Mruczek was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in North Coventry Township in July. Mruczek, of New York, was living in Chester County and attending UTI in Exton at the time.

Noting that nearly 90,000 Pennsylvanians seek domestic violence services each year, PCADV Executive Director Peg J. Dierkers said, “Domestic violence is not a woman’s problem, or a man’s problem – it is everybody’s problem. It is a threat in our communities. And the only way we can eliminate domestic violence for the next generation is for all of us to stand together and say NO MORE.’’

All told, 42 Pennsylvanians have died in 20 domestic violence murder-suicides during the first nine months of this year, according to statistics compiled by the PCADV.

Dinniman said the ceremony was part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence on our communities and to pass legislation to increase protections for those who are at risk.

 

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