Proclamation against domestic violence signed

Members of the local judiciary branch of government join with District Attorney Robert Carter in signing a proclamation against domestic and sexual violence, presented by Carla Buchanan (standing, sixth from left) of Haven of Hope, a domestic abuse shelter that serves the area. Pictured are (seated, from left) the Hon. N. Andy Myrick, Lincoln County General Sessions Judge; the Hon. James Barnes Cox, Chancellor for the 17th Judicial District; Carter, District Attorney General for the 17th Judicial District; the Hon. Wyatt Burk, Circuit Court Judge Part II; the Hon. Forest A. Durard, Circuit Court Judge, Part I; (standing) Rebecca Bartlett, Lincoln County Clerk & Master; Amber Sandoval, Assistant District Attorney; Wesley Hall, Assistant District Attorney; Buchanan, Haven of Hope; and Lisa Simmons, Lincoln County Circuit Court Clerk. Domestic violence affects thousands of people in Tennessee each year, and not only negatively affects families but costs companies in the U.S. $3.5 billion in lost work time, increased health costs and lower productivity. Haven of Hope plans to intensify efforts to promote public understanding of family violence and increase sensitivity to victims of family violence.