There are numerous good causes that are championed in the month of October aimed at improving the overall health and inclusivity of our society. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness month which we …
There are numerous good causes that are championed in the month of October aimed at improving the overall health and inclusivity of our society. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness month which we covered in last week’s edition of the Democrat, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
It was launched in 1987 as a way to unite individuals and organizations working to address issues of domestic violence by supporting victims and survivors, holding abusers accountable and advocating for local, state and federal legislation to advance these goals.
On October 1, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, announced $6.5 million in grants administered by the State Office of Children and Family Services to better assist survivors of domestic violence and support prevention initiatives.
“We have come so far since the time that my mother advocated for domestic violence survivors, but our mission to put an end to the abuse and suffering that too many have had to endure is far from over," Governor Hochul said. “Our systems must evolve and we must continue to offer innovative solutions to meet the needs of survivors and families, wherever they are.”
$4.8 million of that funding mentioned will help benefit 79 service providers across the state who provide housing for domestic violence survivors, including $55,121 to benefit Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc.
Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc. (formerly known as Safe Homes of Orange County) is currently the only private, not-for-profit agency in Orange and Sullivan Counties entirely dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence, teen dating violence and human trafficking by providing free and confidential services.
Their mission is to “build an informed, just, and accountable society so all people can experience supportive and safe relationships free from abuse, exploitation, and oppression.”
In 2020 alone, Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc. received more than 10,000 hotline calls and assisted some 5,308 children and adults.
Nobody should have to live in fear.
If you think that you or someone you know may be the victim of abuse, you can call their confidential 24-hour hotline at (845) 562-5340.
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