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Officials declare October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Tuesday passed a proclamation declaring October to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County.

The Board of Supervisors issued the proclamation at its monthly meeting at the County Office Building.

Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh, chairwoman of the board’s Public Safety Committee, read the proclamation.

“Domestic violence affects all New Yorkers and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner,” the proclamation stated. “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. 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 proclamation noted that the Board of Supervisors recognizes the “outstanding work” of the region’s “dedicated not-for-profit” organizations serving victims and their communities.

In proclaiming the special month, supervisors also encouraged all county residents to participate in community awareness events, although a Tree of Hope event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board proclaimed it “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.”

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

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