Hochul Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently publicly declared the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, alongside a new multimedia campaign entitled ‘Start the Conversation,’ aimed at addressing domestic violence in local New York communities.

"Our state has come a long way since the days when my mother advocated for the survivors of domestic violence, but there is still much work to be done in helping to put an end to the abuse and suffering that far too many New Yorkers have endured over the years," Hochul remarked of the announcement. "Throughout October, we are reminded of the need to continue evolving our approach to domestic and gender-based violence so that we can best meet the needs of survivors and their families."

The campaign will be featured on social media platforms, broadcast radio, and online. The goal of ‘Start the Conversation’ also hopes to inform survivors of domestic and gender violence on how to access the resources available to them.

"To be survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive, we've got to hear from survivors and all New Yorkers about what they think is the issue and how to solve it,” stated New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Executive Director Kelli Owens of the announcement. “That's why this year OPDV started the conversation and surveyed 5,000 New Yorkers to get their thoughts. I am grateful to serve a Governor who understands what we need to do to end domestic and gender-based violence and has an unwavering commitment to this important issue."

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