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Domestic Violence Awareness Month to be observed locally

13 October 2017

Sisters Andrell and Aydrell Washington held two of several signs at Tuesday's domestic violence awareness vigil in South Boston organized by the Tri-County Community Action Agency's Domestic and Sexual Violence Program.

One in four men in the United States will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime.

The Young Woman's Christian Association, located in Binghamton, will use the money to provide shelter and counseling to those affected by domestic violence. Did you also know that almost 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S.? With these numbers, it is critical for men and women to have a safe place to go to talk about what happened.

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The Family Violence Project and the Somerset County Domestic Violence Task Force hosted a candlelight vigil in Skowhegan on Thursday night.

For the month of October, New Hope is having a photo contest where they are asking your group or company to all dress up in purple for domestic violence awareness, take a group photo and text it to 509-707-3945. They also would like for people who are wearing purple shirts to use the hashtags #CTFS, #GoPurple and #DVAM and upload them to social media. "Nearly every person we interact with has a story or knows someone impacted by domestic violence and is grateful to have a simple way to get help for themselves or for someone they know". The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and there is always going to be people there to show you support.

"We're a 24-hour operation and we meet a lot of these clients right in the emergency room", said Raini Baudendistel, Crime Victims Assistance Center Executive Director.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month to be observed locally