SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Domestic and sexual violence continues to be a big issue in the Central New York community. But over the past 20 years, we've made some progress, according to Vera House's 23rd Annual Report to the Community on the issues.
Survivors and community members gathered at the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church to share stories and discuss progress and goals. Organizers say that while the past two decades brought increased awareness and more services for the abused, there's still some work to do.
"Victims can find more avenues for safety. There's more offender accountability. But we still have people dying at the hands of their partners, we still have children being sexually abused every day and we still have adults being sexually assaulted," said Randi Bregman, Executive Director of Vera House.
October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
For more information on Vera House, visit www.verahouse.org.