University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Keith Carver signed a proclamation into effect Oct. 1 that recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the university. The proclamation was created in order to bring awareness to the ever-growing domestic violence rates in Tennessee and to encourage safe, stable and nurturing relationships. Tennessee has remained in the top 10 states for domestic homicide in the U.S. since 2001, with over 70,000 incidents reported in 2019 alone. Through a partnership with the Wo/men Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), the university offers supportive measures for victims of domestic violence. UT Martin will host events during the month of October in recognition of victims of domestic violence to bring light to the destructive nature of abusive relationships. To read the proclamation, visit www.utm.edu/dvaproclamation.