Law enforcement responded to more than 24,000 calls of Domestic Violence in 2011.

October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month and spotlights a problem for many households in Oklahoma.

Domestic abuse occurs between family or household members and those in dating relationships.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement officers responded to 24,241 reports of domestic violence in Oklahoma in 2011. The number averages to a report of domestic abuse every 21.6 minutes in the state.

The agency reported 47 murders were related to domestic abuse in 2011. The number decreased from 51 in the previous year.

Assault and battery was the most common type of offense reported to police, according to OSBI. Domestic violence was reported the most on Sunday.

Several events are planned in Cleveland County to bring awareness to the situation. Purple ribbons will be hung in Norman in observance of the month.

Sheriff Joe Lester said domestic abuse should never be tolerated. If someone is a victim or knows a person who is being abused, they should seek help immediately.

“Domestic violence hurts too many people,” Lester said. “Victims often stay because they are afraid of their abuser and the consequences. I urge anyone in an abusive relationship to get out because there are options available and people ready to help them.”

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.