Domestic violence is a repeating issue for perpetrator and victims. Pratt County Commission declares October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pratt.

Domestic violence is a problem in communities large and small across America. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Pratt County Commissioners have approved a document recognizing that in Pratt County.

Tanya Day, outreach program coordinator for the Family Crisis Center, appeared before the commissioners requesting them to declare October Domestic Violence Awareness month in Pratt County at their regular monthly meeting Oct. 2.

It's very tough to break the chain of domestic violence. Those that commit domestic violence don't usually stop. If the victim leaves, the person committing the violence will get another partner and continue the violent life style, Day said.

It usually takes seven times before a domestic violence victim to leave and not return to the situation.

Day said she and her organization work with law enforcement on how to deal with domestic violence situations. In 2016, they served 42 victims served in Pratt County. In their eight county area, they served 226 victims and 12 of those were men. This is about average for a year, said Day whose goal is to make perpetrators accountable for their actions.

In other Commission activity, the commissioners approved $241,500 for the purchase of a loader from Foley Equipment for the county road department. The loader replaces a 1995 loader that is in the trade-in allowance, said Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor who has money on-hand to make the purchase outright.

Freund said the department would have to put additional sand on NE 5th Street following rains a week ago. There has been complaints about the amount of dust that lingers on the road after traffic has passed and additional sand was applied to help reduce the dust on the road.

Darcie VanDerVyver, Director of Public Health, said her department had been very busy with flu shots and had given shots for all USD 382 two schools last week.

A new on-line filing system is now in use and 960 patients were entered into the system.

Office remodeling at the office is scheduled to start Oct. 15. During the remodel, one office will become a shot station. Flu shots are now available on a walk-in basis but appointments need to be made for all other shots, VanDerVyver said.

Mark McManaman, administrator of emergency and medical services for Pratt County, said one of his employees will be taking training to be rated a paramedic. Training will be through Barton County Community College and will cost $8,000. Most of the training will be on-line for one day a week over four semesters. The clinicals and field internship will be done in person.