The Putnam/No. Westchester Women’s Resource Center envisions a united community assertively intolerant of all violence; a community that is educated in the intricate ways that power can be abused; a community that values all of its members and respects their rights and their diversity; a community where individuals are safe in their homes, in their work places, and on our streets; a community where children are safe in their schools, in their homes, and among their peers; a community where children are respected, valued and provided the support needed to become productive, fulfilled adults.
We envision a community that protects, values and enables all its citizens, regardless of gender, to develop their own voice and to reach their full potential; a community that values both women and men equally for their self assurance, inner strength and self respect; a community where all resources are equally available to both women and men of all ages.
We envision a community where women and men are working side-by-side to reach these goals; a community where law enforcement and the legal system promote the achievement of these goals; a community where the resources to attain these goals are available and accessible to all.
Don’t stay silent. It’s time to speak up all month long.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country.
Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.
Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as relationship/dating abuse, stalking, human trafficking, internet and texting safety and more.
Every October, we rededicate ourselves to breaking the cycle of abuse.
Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.
If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 845-628-9284 or our 24 Hour Crisis Line 845-628-2166.