Blount County leaders are trying to raise more awareness around the issue of domestic violence in that area and across the country.
Tuesday morning, government leaders signed a proclamation declaring October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month." It's nationally recognized, but Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County wanted to give the issue more attention in that area.
The Blount County task force against domestic violence sponsored the ceremony, which was held at Maryville First Baptist Church.
"Domestic Violence Awareness Month's purpose is to bring knowledge and awareness to the forefront for people whom might be victims or anybody else that needs this information," said Ellen Berez, with the District Attorney's Office.
According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, nearly 25 percent of women and eight percent of men say they have been victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.
The U.S. says a woman is assaulted and beaten every nine seconds in America.