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OCO SAF Program Invites Community Members to Come Together To End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
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.

Emily Monacelli (left) and Sara Carmichael, educators with OCO Services to Aid Families (SAF) program, place purple flags in the park on Route 481 entering the city of Oswego from the south. The flag display in honor of the survivors of domestic violence is one of the many activities and events that SAF will host throughout October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Emily Monacelli (left) and Sara Carmichael, educators with OCO Services to Aid Families (SAF) program, place purple flags in the park on Route 481 entering the city of Oswego from the south. The flag display in honor of the survivors of domestic violence is one of the many activities and events that SAF will host throughout October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

With such staggering numbers of individuals directly affected by domestic violence, Oswego County Opportunities Services to Aid Families program, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will be reaching out to community members, businesses, 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.

According to SAF Program Coordinator, Cristy King, 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.

During the month of October, communities and victim service providers across the United States will be hosting events and campaigns in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In Oswego County, SAF is collaborating with a multitude of supermarkets, restaurants, community agencies, and businesses to spread awareness throughout our community during the month of October.

“Additionally, Mayor Tom Gillen proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city of Oswego and Oswego County Legislative Chairman Fred Beardsley who did the same for the Oswego County and are urging all citizens to become aware of the tragedy of domestic violence and participate in community efforts to end domestic violence in Oswego County,” said King.

In an effort to create a violence free community and to commemorate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAF will be hosting special events and activities throughout Oswego County. Representatives from the SAF program will be spreading the word about domestic violence through activities such as the Silent Witness Initiative and the Survivor Flag Display that will be located just south of the City of Oswego on Route 481.

Additionally, SAF is working with local businesses and agencies 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 on Wednesday to bring attention to the epidemic of domestic violence.

Educational trainings sessions on a wide variety of domestic violence related topics would also be conducted throughout the month of October at OCO’s Oswego office in the Midtown Plaza.

“We urge community members to support our efforts and activities during October and help us to encourage others 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 and we will be happy to make that happen,” said King.

“If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call our Abuse and 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,” added King.

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