October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Offers Two Life-Saving Programs for Domestic Violence Victims

The Sheriff's Office seal is pictured in the color purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

YAPHANK, NY-- One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

This October, as we mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco wants domestic violence victims to be aware of two potentially life-saving victim notification programs offered by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office through the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute.

The first is the Order of Protection Notification Program, which allows domestic violence victims to register to be notified by phone, text message, or e-mail when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The second is the Prisoner Release Notification Program (powered by VINE), which allows crime victims to register at www.vinelink.com or toll-free at 1-888-VINE-4-NY to be notified by phone or e-mail in the event of an offender’s release from jail or prison. This service is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sheriff DeMarco urges residents to visit the Sheriff’s Office’s website for more information or to access the automated services at www.suffolksheriff.com.