JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Hubbard House announced Tuesday that domestic violence murders have decreased in Duval County, but awareness needs to be greater.
From Jan. 1, 2012 to Sept. 11, 2012, there were nine domestic violence-related murders in Duval County, according to a release from Hubbard House. During that same time frame for 2013, there have been four.
"It is great news that the number of murders is down in 2013 but people are still dying. We need your help in raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence," said Hubbard House CEO Ellen Siler.
Tuesday, Hubbard House and JSO kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during which Hubbard House holds its "Go Purple" campaign.
"We need not only victims but family, friends and coworkers to understand that domestic violence can turn deadly at any time," Siler said. "Law enforcement and Hubbard House are doing all we can to stop the homicides when we get the opportunity to intervene but we need to be called."
To learn more about the Go Purple campaign, visit the
to view the Hubbard House 2012 Domestic Violence Fatality Report.