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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 10/17/2016 | Views: 1600
Stand with the Sheriff's Office Against Domestic Violence

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco wants to bring awareness to the VINE and SAVIN-NY programs, which help protect victims of domestic violence.

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification, or “SAVIN-NY,” program permits victims to register to be notified by phone, text message or e-mail when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served on their perpetrator.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or “VINE” system, allows crime victims to register by phone or online to be notified when an offender is released from jail or prison.  VINE is available nationwide and may also be accessed through a downloadable app for iPhone or Android phones.

Both services are offered completely free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information and links to the systems are available on the left menu bar of the Sheriff’s Office website at www.suffolksheriff.com.

“Victims of domestic violence and other crimes often live in fear.  The VINE and SAVIN-NY applications can provide some peace of mind to victims and family members and we need to spread the word about these important services,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.   He added, “I am also encouraging residents to do their part to help reduce the number of people who are unsafe in their homes and relationships. If you suspect child or adult abuse, take action so that a professional can look into the situation.  It never hurts to make a confidential call, and that one simple act could help save a life.”

Child Abuse Hotline Number:  1-800-342-3720
Adult
Abuse Hotline Number: 1-844-697-3505

In furtherance of efforts to bring awareness to domestic violence, all New Yorkers are being asked to wear purple on Thursday, October 20, 2016.  The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with other government agencies and non-profit groups on October 20th from 4:30– 6:00 p.m.at the H. Lee Dennison Bldg. in Hauppauge for the annual Commemoration Day to honor those who have been affected by domestic violence. There will be information about victims’ services, as well as speakers who will discuss their personal stories.  The public is encouraged to share their Commemoration Day photos and stories using the hashtag #TurnSuffolkPurple.

Pictured is a graphic bringing awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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