OSWEGO, NY – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The county legislature recently and city council on Tuesday night both presented proclamations recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month and honoring those who work to prevent such abuse.
One in four women in this country has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her life, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is estimated the more than 2.5 million women in New York State will experience violence at the hands of their partner. And, the CDC reports victims of intimate partner violence lost almost eight million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them.
It costs the country more than $5.8 billion annually.
Children who witness domestic violence are more at risk for depression, anxiety, suicide, teen pregnancy, poor school performance and perpetrating or experiencing future intimate partner violence.
According to the US Department of Justice, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
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, according to Meredith Needham, SAF Education Program Manager Crisis & Development Services.
She thanked the county legislature and the Oswego Common Council for helping raise awareness.
“It is something that we need to do something about. We hope this raises awareness,” she said.
Additionally, Oswego County Opportunities’ Services to Aid Families is encouraging local communities to “Shine the Light” on domestic violence by illuminating their buildings with purple lights, the official color of Domestic Violence, and asks that community members 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, Needham said.
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.