Ritchie Announces Nearly $75,000 In Support Of Abuse Victims

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured nearly $75,000 to strengthen the efforts of local organizations that work to help victims of domestic violence and cut down on instances of the crime.

“Domestic violence is a something that has devastating physical and psychological impacts on the lives of women, men and children and often times, it’s difficult for those being harmed to seek help,” said Senator Ritchie. “Our local organizations that assist victims of domestic violence are key to helping give individuals the courage to break free of the cycle of  abuse and violence they have been subjected  to. I’m pleased to provide this funding to these important organizations, and commend them for the role they play in advocating for safety in our communities.”

Organizations receiving special funding are as follows:

·  St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House: $12,307

·  Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County: $12,307

·  The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (Canton): $15,000

·  The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (Watertown): $15,000

·  Oswego County Opportunities: $20,000

“We are grateful to Senator Ritchie for her efforts assisting our agency and securing this important funding to help support victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of Oswego County Opportunities.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men in the United Sates have experienced some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner.  In addition, it’s estimated that on a typical day, domestic violence hotlines across the United States receive roughly 21,000 calls from victims, averaging nearly 15 calls per-minute.