October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is an epidemic that affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Domestic violence is the use of abusive techniques and behaviors by one intimate partner to gain and maintain power and control over the other. Most people think domestic violence is physical abuse, but there are many other types, such as verbal, emotional, sexual and economic abuse. Sadly, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will experience violence at the hands of her partner.
Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services of Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties (serving victims in Montgomery County) announces our annual Proclamation Ceremony in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday at 9 a.m. at Amsterdam City Hall. Local dignitaries and service providers will be in attendance to show their support for the effort of the Montgomery County Task Force against domestic violence. This year, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Assemblyman George Amedore, Montgomery?County Board of Supervisors Chairman Shane Walters, Assistant District Attorney Sarah Leszczynski, Mayor of Amsterdam Ann Thane, and a representative from state Sen. Hugh Farley's office will read proclamations.
Domestic violence is everyone's business. It affects all of us - every family, every workplace, and every community. Each one of us has a role to play in stopping domestic violence. Action can be as simple as contributing money or food to a local shelter, volunteering time for a program that assists victims of abuse, talking to a child about domestic violence, offering support to a victim of violence, or posting awareness materials in public places.
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, call the Montgomery County Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services hotline at 842-3384.
Catholic Charities of Fulton and