COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Today is Domestic Violence Awareness Day, part of the October month long awareness campaign. McDonald’s is going purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Today at their restaurants in Coldwater, Bronson, and Quincy between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you are asked to show your support by turning out at McDonald’s as Shelterhouse staff will be there to hand out ribbons and provide information about the services they can provide. A percentage of today sales will be donated to the cause.
An incident in Southwest Michigan the day before yesterday is one example of the estimated 1.3 million women who are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Van Buren County Deputies say they have arrested a Paw Paw man for brutally beating his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children. The assault was in progress when Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies arrived early Thursday at her place on County Road 665. Deputies were able to subdue the man and separate him from the woman. They charge that 22-year-old Kane Daniel Reeves was lying in wait for the victim. When she returned, he accused her of having an affair with a friend and threatened to beat her to death.
Deputies call Reeves her “estranged boyfriend” and described the assault as “immediate and vicious”. Reeves was lodged in the Van Buren County Jail after treatment for self-inflicted head wounds suffered when deputies say he slammed his face into the plexiglas divide in a police cruiser. He's been charged with assault with intent to commit murder and attempted murder. She was taken to Bronson-Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw and has been scheduled to have reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face.