The city of Sandy not staying silent about a crime that's plaguing their neighborhood. Today during a short ceremony city officials watched as hundreds of balloons were released to represent the 298 domestic assaults in the city last year. Close to 600 pinwheels also adorn the front of the Sandy City Justice Court Building to count for the number of children who witnessed domestic violence.
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan told ABC 4 Utah, "We're not going to hide domestic violence under a rug. We want it out in the open. Let people know. That’s the way you cure domestic violence."
Curing an ill that's generational passed on like a disease.
Victim Advocate Vickie Bushman told ABC 4 Utah, "I think a lot of people don't think it's an issue and they still think it's a family issue, instead of that it's actually a crime."
Even those who aren't actually abused can also be victims like the 538 Sandy children who witnessed domestic violence last year.
Sandy City Police Department Sgt. Jon Arnold said, "It affects their thinking for the rest of their life and we talk about the cycle of domestic violence. It's not just within a couple, it's within generations."
Dolan said, "Generationally that will continue unless we break the cycle and that's why we're telling people, open your mouth have a voice and change things as they stand today."
If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is there are several agencies out there to help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 800-897-LINK or click on one of the links below.