2013-10-15 / Opinion

Guest Viewpoint

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney

TenneyTenneyAssemblywoman Claudia Tenney has announced her continued commitment to highlight the fight against domestic violence and reminded her constituents that October is New York state’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Domestic violence is a crime against the family. It affects men, women, and children throughout our state,” said Tenney. “By participating in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New Yorkers can express their solidarity with victims of domestic violence and commit to sending a message that domestic violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

In addition to marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New York state also sponsors an annual Shine the Light Campaign that seeks to raise awareness and offer support to victims of domestic violence. She also participates in “Take Back the Night” sponsored by the YWCA in Utica.

“Awareness is vitally important to preventing domestic violence,” said Tenney. “Friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers should be vigilant and feel free to express their concerns about a potentially violent relationship. It could mean the difference between life or death.”

Tenney encourages all residents of her district to participate in Shine the Light and Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. New York State’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic violence serves as a resource for anyone facing domestic violence situations or issues. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can seek help at any time by calling New York state’s toll-free hotline: 1—800-942-6906 or 1-800-942-6908 (Spanish).

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