OSWEGO, NY – According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and most domestic violence cases are never reported to the police. Additionally, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to raise public awareness of the epidemic of domestic violence in our country and to educate individuals on the impact and prevention of domestic violence in our communities.
Oswego County Opportunities’ Services to Aid Families program will be reaching out to community members, businesses, leaders, and local agencies to assist them in raising awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence and the services that are available for victims in Oswego County through the SAF program.
In an effort to help raise awareness, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen and Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In Fulton at the Indian Point Park on 481 and Pulaski at South Park on Jefferson St. SAF has created displays honoring the 603 victims and survivors served by SAF in 2012. Community members are encouraged to visit either location and consider how they might be able to help end domestic violence in Oswego County.
Additionally, SAF is supporting local communities to “Shine the Light” on domestic violence by illuminating their buildings with purple lights, the official color of Domestic Violence, and are asking community members to also make a statement by wearing purple to bring attention to the epidemic of domestic violence.
Community members are encouraged to support efforts and activities during October to demonstrate their support for healthy relationships. These symbolic gestures will send the message that our community recognizes there is no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, or schools. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault in Oswego County.
Those interested in scheduling an event or training on domestic violence, healthy relationships or victimization issues please contact the SAF Education Program at (315) 342-1544.
Please join us in saying no more to domestic violence this October and every day.
Shine a light on this epidemic and bring it out of the darkness.
Victims should no longer suffer in isolation and silence.
As a community we can work together to say no more!
If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call our Abuse & Assault Hotline at (315) 342-1600. The hotline is staffed by trained counselors and is available 24 hours. 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.
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.
For more information, visit www.oco.org