UTICA, N.Y. -- The YWCA of the Mohawk Valley kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its Utica headquarters on Tuesday.
The YWCA provides services to domestic violence victims, and they say domestic violence is more widespread than people might think. They're trying to raise awareness through a series of efforts this month.
They say awareness can make a big difference.
Executive Director Natalie Brown said, "It's very, very prevalent. Our calls are increasing, our occupancy at our shelters are up this year. I think that's because of awareness. I don't know if that's because of an increased incidence, I just believe that awareness raises the opportunity for people to reach out."
The YWCA serves more than 17,000 people every year.
If you need domestic violence services, contact (315) 797-7740 in Oneida County,
or (315) 866-4120 in Herkimer County.
- October 10, 6 PM- Take Back the Night, Hanna Park, Utica
- October 22, 6PM- Take Back the Night, City Hall, Rome
- October 17th, 6PM- 5th Annual Reclaiming Freedom Cocktail Reception, RCIL Center for Advocacy, 1607 Genesee Street, Utica
Purple ribbons will be sold at the following locations:
- Bagel Grove, Utica
- Berkshire Bank, New Hartford
- Cafe J, Clinton
- Hamilton College Woman's Center, Clinton
- Hummel's Office Plus, Rome
- Jay-K Lumber, New Hartford
- Kids Oneida, Utica
- Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, Utica
- Spresso's Coffee House, Rome
- The K. Della Ferguson Woman's Resource Center at Utica College
- The Olde Wicker Mill, New Hartford
- Trendsetter's Hair Salon, Whitesboro