New York Sheriffs’ Wage War on Domestic Violence

The month of October once again heralds in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM).  This year marks the 25th commemoration of NDVAM, a time for law enforcement agencies, victim assistance organizations and community leaders to work jointly in generating public awareness about domestic violence, prevention strategies and effective responses for victims.


This years theme is NDVAM, “Mourn, Celebrate and Connect” serves as a reminder that communities must speak out in a unified voice to combat domestic violence and to challenge all people in America to support the many programs that seek to create a world free from violence and coercive contact.  According to the US Department of Justice, about 1.3 million are victimized by domestic violence.


Each year the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc. has prepared a Resource Guide for all local Sheriff’s Offices to promote greater public awareness about crime victim’s rights, needs and services.  This especially includes the New York State Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline and VINE – Victim Information and Notification Everyday.


For more information about the 2011 Resource Guide, please click here.


You may also contact Irene Colwill at or Ed Wutzer at, or call our office at (518) 434-9091.