HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – On October 2nd, the Suffolk County Legislature voted to designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Suffolk County. Introduced by Legislator Sarah Anker, the legislation aims to increase awareness on the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, to ensure that victims know they are not alone, and to foster supportive communities that help survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behaviors that adults and adolescents use to control their intimate or dating partners. Behaviors can included physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and other controlling behaviors. Some warning signs include possessiveness, coercion, making threats or false accusations, in-person or online stalking, or exerting control over the partner’s finances.
“So many of those who experience domestic violence suffer in silence,” said Legislator Anker. “By designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Suffolk County, we are opening the conversation and working together to end the shame and stigma associated with domestic violence.”
If you or someone you know if suffering from domestic violence, please contact the below Suffolk County resources:
Suffolk County Women’s Helpline
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
(631) 853 8222
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS)
24-Hour Hotlines, 7 days a week
(631) 360-3606, (631) 360-3607 ask for HOPE
Long Island Against Domestic Violence
24-Hour Hotline, 7 days a week
(631) 666-8833 ask for HOPE
You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org to find helpful resources or live chat with a representative.