GENESEO, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2023 – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Livingston County is committed to providing its residents with resources and information to help end the cycle of abuse that many suffer.
First declared in 1989, Domestic Violence Awareness Month acknowledges domestic violence survivors and shines a light on the impacts of abuse throughout the nation.
Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States – roughly 10 million victims annually. A significant portion of the nation’s population lives in daily fear within their own home. In addition, millions of children are exposed to the impacts of domestic violence each year.
Domestic violence can be prevented. It requires a collective voice and the power of individuals, families, institutions and systems – each of whom can transform communities throughout the County and the nation.
Livingston County is proud to help support the work of Chances & Changes, Inc., a not-for-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence in Livingston County, through a funding allocation included in the County’s 2023 budget.
Located within Livingston County for nearly 50 years, Chances & Changes provides a host of trauma-informed comprehensive support services for survivors of domestic violence, including a 24/7 help line and a safe shelter. The staff there is experienced in assisting clients as they navigate the criminal justice, family court, and social services systems. They also coordinate with other agencies and are familiar with community resources that can aid abuse survivors as they seek to heal and recover from their trauma.
Available Services from Chances & Changes Include:
- 24/7 hotline services
- 24/7 safe housing
- Support, assistance, and active systems advocacies and interventions
- Information and referrals: interpersonal violence (domestic and dating violence, stalking, child abuse, family violence)
- Psycho-educational support groups
- Individual therapeutic counseling
- Follow up: support services upon exit from shelter, or if shelter not needed, any victim can utilize their services
- Food, clothing, and personal care items
- Housing supports and services
If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, text or call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6909 or chat online at opdv.ny.gov 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.