ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has announced new ways the Albany County’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center is bringing attention to domestic violence prevention.
On Wednesday, McCoy highlighted community services that are available to victims of domestic violence and their families.
Last year, Albany County’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center provided over 28,000 services to victims countywide. Those services included visiting victims in emergency rooms, giving service referrals and advocating against domestic violence.
Albany County Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi stressed the importance of the community taking action to stop domestic violence.
"All we need is for the community to help us. So whether you're the victim of domestic violence or you're a witness to domestic violence or you just suspect domestic violence is going on in your community, it's important that you pick up the phone and you make the phone call and you report what you see," Rosi said.
B’Yond Style hair studio in Albany is selling purple hair extensions to honor those who help domestic violence victims. Proceeds go to the Adopt a Need Family program, which offers support to local families.