Domestic Violence Awareness month begins with a ceremony at the Government Center
More than 1,000 purple flags will be placed in Warsaw and Perry between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 in the hope of casting a bright light on an often hidden issue.
RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, in partnership with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Social Services, and the Village of Perry, will kick off its fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign Friday at 9 a.m. at the Government Center, Main Street, Warsaw.
A second display will be placed at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Department of Social Services, 466 N. Main St., Warsaw. At 1 p.m., flags will be placed at the intersection of Center, Covington, and Grove streets in Perry.
An average of one in four people — regardless of gender — will experience dating or domestic violence in their life. According to an October 2016 report from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, in 2015:
• there were 63 intimate partner homicides in the state – the fewest since 2007;
• a total of 11,942 strangulation offenses were charged at arrest or arraignment – a statewide decrease of 1.5 percent;
• probation departments reported a significant increase in the number of Family Court cases handled statewide – 76 in 2014 to 92 in 2015; and
• firearms were used in 37 percent of intimate partner homicides – a significant increase when compared to 29 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013.
Most people recognize physical or sexual violence toward a partner as abuse, yet many other controlling behaviors are excused or romanticized, RESTORE officials say. Any behavior meant to exert power and control over a partner can be seen as abuse — whether or not that behavior includes physical violence.
The purple flags will be representative of the 1,050 Wyoming County residents – 25 percent of the population – that could be impacted by interpersonal violence. They will remain on display throughout the month.
While the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, RESTORE works year-round to deliver services to survivors and their loved ones in Wyoming County. These services would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of passionate volunteer advocates.
To learn more about how you can assist survivors of domestic violence, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESTORE leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education, by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected.
RESTORE 24-hour hotlines:
• 1-800- 527-1757 – Wyoming, Livingston, Orleans and Genesee counties.
• (585) 546- 2777 – Monroe County.
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