Palm Coast - An estimated 4.8 million cases of domestic violence occur each year and at its most tragic level, kills an average of more than three women every day nationwide.

Family violence is a crime that can transcends race, religion, ethnicity, and economic stature. Locally, the Family Life Center, which provides support services to individuals and families to end domestic violence and sexual violence in Flagler County, served 1,089 victims in the past year. Each October, the formal recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month allows the community to acknowledge and show their support for the victims.

Today, the Palm Coast City Council presented a proclamation to the Family Life Center, designating this month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It calls upon all citizens to become part of the community response to end domestic violence and send the message that this crime will not be tolerated in our community.

The Family Life Center offers services such as shelter, food, clothing, transportation, medical services, education, legal support, counseling and more. They are hosting 'The No Show Gala' on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5-8 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the center. Visit www.familylifecenterflagler.org for more information.