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Legislature Observes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Efforts to raise awareness and acknowledge work to end domestic violence

Published: 10/15/2012

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Catherine Durland 845.486.2103


In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Dutchess County Legislature has joined with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Dutchess County Legislature Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence to bring awareness on the issues surrounding domestic violence in our community.

On Wednesday, October 17th the Mid-Hudson Bridge will be lit the color purple to symbolize the official color of domestic violence awareness and acknowledge the efforts made to end domestic violence.  Noting the profound effect that violence has within families and within the community, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee works to ensure community safety through intervention for at-risk youth and adults, addressing victims’ needs and to help with the reduction of recidivism.

Chairman Robert Rolison stated, “In the many years I served as law enforcement official, I have seen all too well the devastating effect that domestic violence has on an individual, their family and the community.  While for some it is a difficult topic to discuss and confront, domestic violence should be on the forefront of our minds and we should spare no effort to help those impacted.” 

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee considers all aspects of domestic violence within the county and reports its findings to the Legislature.  The committee is comprised of members representing law enforcement, advocacy groups, family courts, the District Attorney’s Office, private industry, and public and private schools.  For more information, please visit