Gov. Eloy S. Inos urged the Office of the Attorney General yesterday to vigorously prosecute offenders of domestic violence.
As this developed, the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and The Family Violence Task Force presented its “Bridge of Light Award” to police detective Flora Danica B. Aguon for showing, among other things, leadership, advocacy, and providing community education about domestic and sexual violence awareness.
The Tan Siu Lin Foundation sponsored the award, together with a gift package that consisted of a one-night stay at Fiesta Hotel & Spa Saipan, a self-care package, dinner, and gift certificate. The coalition also gave Aguon a plaque and cash prize.
Plaque of recognitions were also handed to the nominees: Fire investigator Patrick George, John L. Aguon, Nikita Cabrera, sexual assault nurse examiner Mila Cultura, and Avery Hocog of Rota Health Center.
Inos said he was surprised with the statistics about domestic violence cases in the CNMI provided by Attorney General Joey San Nicolas.
“We’ve got to put this thing to a stop,” said Inos in signing a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. “Are you up to the challenge? Then let’s do it!”
San Nicolas said that of the 280 criminal cases they handled so far this year, 156 or almost half are domestic violence cases.
“That’s a huge number!” he said.
San Nicolas said a lot more can be done by reaching out to the coalition, community, and law enforcement.