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October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month and spotlights a problem for many families in Oklahoma. Domestic abuse occurs between family or household members and those in dating relationships. In 2015, Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies responded to 269 disturbance calls, according to the Cleveland County Coordinated Community Response Team. The figure include domestic violence incidents. Deputies also responded to 22 victim protective order violation incidents. OSBI statistics show law enforcement officers responded to 24,183 reports of domestic violence in Oklahoma in 2015. The agency reported 49 murders were related to domestic abuse in 2015. The number increased by two from the previous year. Assault and battery was the most common type of offense reported to police, according to OSBI. In 2015, law enforcement officers investigated 20,993 assault and battery cases. Reports show domestic violence occurred most on Sunday compared to other days of the week. In a 24-hour period, the highest number of incidents happened between 10:01 p.m. and 11 p.m. Several events are planned to bring awareness to the situation. People are encouraged to wear purple every Thursday during the month in observance of domestic violence awareness. Cleveland County Board of Commissioners proclaimed this month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Sept. 26, meeting. Sheriff Joe Lester said domestic abuse should never be tolerated. If someone is a victim or knows a person who is being abused, they should seek help immediately. “Domestic violence hurts too many people,” Lester said. “Victims often stay because they are afraid of their abuser and the consequences. I urge anyone in an abusive relationship to get out because there are options available and people ready to help them.” Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.