TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Monday, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Council on Domestic Abuse, known as CODA, put up a banner to mark the occasion in the Vigo County Courthouse. The banner will remain on display throughout the month.

CODA Executive Director Emily Murray said the banner and proclamation are both parts of an effort to provide some outreach to the community regarding domestic violence. “It’s just an opportunity for us to really be in front of our community’s faces and to raise awareness for the things that we do for our community and to educate and to say ‘hey, if you’re suffering from domestic abuse and domestic violence, you’re not alone and it’s ok to reach out’,” said Murray.

The Council runs a 24-hour hotline available to anyone dealing with these kinds of situations. To contact the CODA hotline call 1-800-566-CODA.

Or visit the organization’s website here.