|For Immediate Release
October 11, 1999
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Hands Are Not For Hitting Campaign in Northwest Indiana
Each year in the United States, more than 500,000 emergency room visits are a result of violence and medical expenses from domestic violence total more than $5 million annually. It has also been documented that by the age of 18, a child will have seen more than 200,000 acts of violence on television.
In response to the pervasive presence of violence in out society, Governor Frank O’Bannon has proclaimed October 13, 1999 as Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Day. The day is being set aside to focus the attention of local communities, as well as the nation, on initiatives aimed at reducing violence on the streets, in the schools and in the home. On a national level, the American Medical Association and the AMA Alliance are sponsoring SAVE programs promoting good health in America and the family of medicine.
On the local level, a newly formed group, the Northwest Indiana Coordinating Council for SAVE, sponsored by the Lake County Medical Society and Alliance will spearhead efforts in Northwest Indiana. The Council will be working in the region to focus attention on child abuse through educational programs in schools and libraries with the theme of Hands Are Not for Hitting. Selected fast food restaurants in the area will utilize Hands Are Not for Hitting placemats to help raise awareness as well.
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