A program that has received national acclaim for its efforts to assist in the protection of victims of domestic violence was launched in Hamilton County. Called AWARE?(Abused Women's Active Response Emergency), the program places security systems and emergency necklace pendants in the residences of battered or abused victims.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Hamilton County Police Chief's Association, Cincinnati Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the YWCA, The Rape Crisis and Abuse Center of Hamilton County, formerly Women Helping Women, and ADT Security Services, Inc. will operate the program as a collaborative effort.
"This unique program features the cooperation of public and private sectors of the community, and law enforcement officials involved in the AWARE program are convinced that it will help curtail the number of domestic violence crimes that occur in Hamilton County," said Joseph T. Deters, Hamilton County Prosecutor.
Simon Leis, Hamilton County Sheriff added, "We believe this program has the potential to make victims of domestic violence safer in our community - a vital part of our law enforcement mission."
After people who meet the necessary criteria are placed in the program, ADT will install, at no charge, security systems in each of their homes and provide them with emergency necklace pendants for as long as the need exists. The pendants can send a silent alarm, when activated, to ADT's customer monitoring center.
If a person involved in the program feels in imminent danger of attack, he or she presses either the pendant or the emergency button on the security system panel mounted in their home. ADT operators can then alert the appropriate law enforcement agency that an AWARE call has been received. Officers will then be dispatched to the victim's residence on a priority basis.
"Participants in the AWARE program are victims of serious domestic abuse and are in the highest level of danger, and the necklace pendants will serve as another tool for them to use in life-threatening situations," said Ann McDonald, Executive Director, The Rape Crisis and Abuse Center of Hamilton County, adding, "If a victim is unable to get to the telephone, having access to the pendant alarm could potentially save his or her life."
The plan calls for a system of rotating the security systems and pendants into the residences of other "at-risk" individuals.
ADT Security Services has been in business in Hamilton County for more than 90 years, increasing business as the area has grown. "Being part of the AWARE program is a natural extension of our support of the community and our concern for the growing incidence of domestic violence nationwide," noted Theresa Schott, Sales and Installation Manager, ADT Security Services, Inc.
"The AWARE program has been extremely successful nationwide. ADT has introduced it in one hundred and seventy-four cities across the country since January 1992. Our decision to offer AWARE in Hamilton County was due to the intense interest expressed by the community," Schott added.
Celebrating its 130th anniversary, ADT Security Services, Inc., a business unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is the largest provider of electronic security services to nearly six million commercial, government and residential customers throughout North America. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance, RFID and integrated systems. ADT's Web site address is www.adt.com.
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