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County raises DV awareness

Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh reads a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fulton County passed by the Board of Supervisors 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.

Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh read the proclamation approved by the board at the County Office Building.

The proclamation notes that domestic violence affects all New Yorkers and “far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner.”

“Domestic violence victims 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,” the proclamation stated. “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. The Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities.”

In issuing the proclamation, the board encouraged “all county residents to participate in community awareness events” this month.

“The Board of Supervisors joins 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 says.

The Gloversville-based Family Counseling Center and the Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force are recognizing the special month by conducting a National Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, Wear Purple Day at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 starting at the HFM Prevention Council parking lot on Briggs Street. Light refreshments will be available.

Officials said there will be a brief ceremony, followed by the walk. The walk will follow along Briggs Street to the corner of Route 30A. The gathering will cross the street to the opposite side of the Arterial Highway, walk to the intersection on East Main Street, then back on to the arterial on the opposite side of the highway to the HFM Prevention Council. There is no rain date.

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

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