DV awareness month proclaimed

Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, third from left, reads a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fulton County at the county Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday at the County Office Building in Johnstown.The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the county.

Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan read the proclamation – signed by board Chairman Mike Kinowski – at the board session at the County Office Building.

“The Board of Supervisors proclaims October 2017 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fulton County and encourages all county residents to participate in community awareness events,” Fagan read.

The board also joined with all citizens to support victims of domestic violence and to support the work of victim advocates, public and private entities and “many others who have worked tirelessly to bring hope to the millions of individuals, families and communities harmed by crime,” the proclamation reads.

The proclamation adds: “Whereas, domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands if a spouse or partner … Domestic violence can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities … Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families.”

Locally, activities are being coordinated by the Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force this month.

From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, the county’s Tree of Hope outside the County Courthouse is lit in purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Thursday will also be National “Wear Purple Day.” On that day, a ceremony will begin at the Tree of Hope. The event will include the reading of a proclamation, ceremony, and annual Domestic Violence Walk to honor victims and support survivors. The walk will proceed down: West and East Main streets onto Route 30A to Briggs Street, and down to Briggs Street to HFM Services (corner of Briggs Street and Jansen Avenue), where participants will gather for some refreshments before concluding the event.

Tuesday’s resolution went on to state that the board recognizes the “outstanding work” of the region’s “dedicated” not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.