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September 23, 2018

ARISE Supports Domestic Violence Awareness


OSWEGO, NY – Raising Awareness.  Individuals at ARISE in Oswego used its creativity to show their support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

From left are: ARISE Community Services Manager Jennifer Torrese, Sarah Skillen, Alexis Hartle and SAF Educator / Advocate Sara Gozzi.

From left are: ARISE Community Services Manager Jennifer Torrese, Sarah Skillen, Alexis Hartle and SAF Educator / Advocate Sara Gozzi.

As purple is the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness ARISE created a window display filled with purple flags to pay tribute to individual that are survivors of domestic violence.

A non-profit, community-based organization ARISE works to ensure that individuals, regardless of disability, have the power to make life choices to achieve their dreams.

“The display looks great,” said Sara Gozzi, educator and advocate with Oswego County Opportunities Services to Aid Families program. “I’m pleased we had the opportunity to collaborate with ARISE in our efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence in Oswego County. We know that individuals with disabilities experience high rates of domestic and sexual violence. So this month, we pledge our unwavering support to all victims and survivors. We also want to recognize the providers and organizations, like ARISE, who work tirelessly to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence and extend hope and healing to victims and survivors every day.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call the SAF Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600.

The hotline is available 24 hours a day and is free and confidential. SAF is the domestic violence and rape crisis program for Oswego County and has provided crisis, supportive, advocacy and educational services throughout Oswego County for more than 30 years.

To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org.

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