October 25, 2013
Oswego County recently designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the October meeting of the full Legislature. This recognition raises awareness about the devastating impact of domestic violence and the variety of services available to its victims and survivors. Oswego County Opportunities' (OCO) Services to Aid Families (SAF) assists and empowers victims of domestic violence through prevention education for at-risk individuals and groups. People are encouraged to wear the purple ribbon which symbolizes courage, honor, survival and dedication to ending domestic violence. Pictured from left are legislators Douglas Malone, District 20; James Karasek, District 22; Daniel Farfaglia, District 24; Oswego County Human Services Committee Vice Chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; Eric Bresee, crisis and development services director, OCO Inc.; Meredith Needham, SAF education program manager, OCO Inc.; Christy King, intervention services coordinator, SAF; Megan Bittel, education trainer, SAF; Sarah Stevens, non-residential program manager, SAF; Leah Hunter, DV-CRS advocate, SAF; Sara Gozzi, education trainer, SAF; Emily Anderson, victim support advocate, SAF; Stacie France, victim support advocate, SAF; Theresa Lazarek, member, STEP Task Force; and Jessica Shepard, victim support advocate, SAF.
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