A local doctor is being joined by law enforcement officials to kick off a campaign to stop domestic violence.

Dr. Francine McCain, OB/GYN — known for her popular Facebook page Ask Dr. Fran — launched Iron Sharpens Iron to call men to step up and encourage other men to call for an end to the violence.

“I have seen the effects of domestic violence in my office and feel it is important to do something about this epidemic,” said Dr. McCain. “While most victims of domestic violence are women, I believe the majority of men want to end the violence as much as women do. I am hoping to see those men raise their voices against domestic violence.”

The campaign hashtag — #ironsharpensiron —comes from Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

"One of the most difficult aspects of domestic violence is that it's a crime that affects the whole family -- even the perpetrator," said Dr. McCain. 'Victims can stay victims because they don't want to see their family torn apart and thus the cycle continues. We're hoping with this campaign we can challenge men in our community speak up more, get involved and break the cycle."

The campaign begins with a series of graphics featuring well-known male community leaders. The first two are Athens Police Chief Buddy Hill and Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

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