OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Month, employees from the Oswego County Department of Social Services donned purple shirts, to raise awareness of domestic violence in Oswego County and support the efforts of Oswego County Opportunities’ Services to Aid Families (SAF) program.
To raise awareness and funds for SAF, DSS Senior Social Welfare Examiner Stephanie Hoxie, along with senior team members Linda Rebbette and Jackie Koster, coordinated a drive to sell purple T-shirts emblazoned with “Break the Silence…Stop the Violence” to DSS employees.
The T-shirts also included #share the light, an initiative of the NYS Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
“We were happy to be able to help,” said Hoxie. “Our T-shirt sale raised $455 for OCO to purchase necessary items for its SAF House.”
The OCO Services to Aid Families (SAF) program is the domestic violence and rape crisis program that serves Oswego County.
The goal of SAF is to raise awareness of the epidemic of domestic violence in Oswego country and to educate individuals on the impact of domestic violence in its communities.
“Nobody is immune to domestic violence, but women are particularly at-risk,” said SAF Educator / Trainer Sara Gozzi. “In light of the powerful events and stories that have dominated the headlines recently people are becoming energized about the topic of domestic violence and are willing to become involved in some way to help put an end to domestic violence in their community.”
If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, call the Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600.
The hotline is staffed by trained counselors and is available 24 hours.
For more information on the SAF program contact Gozzi at 315-342-1544 or visit www.oco.org
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.