LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Hand in hand, Livingston County stands together to fight the darkness of domestic and family violence that swallows so many individuals, and although the NFL is treating the issue like a game, County Officials are not.
According to the Livingston County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda from September 2, 2014, the month of October, 2014, will be proclaimed as Domestic/Family Violence Education and Awareness Month. They also proclaimed purple to be the domestic violence color marker. There will be programs with and for SUNY Geneseo and other County students. There will also be County activities such as candlelight vigils.
“It’s extremely important to the County and the Board of Supervisors’ to dedicate the month of October to domestic violence awareness,” said Eric Gott, Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors’. “We will not tolerate it in Livingston County and we support folks that are going through it. We work with many different agencies to help folks that are victims of domestic violence.”
The Board of Supervisors recognize that the issue of domestic and family violence is a major societal problem that costs the County government and taxpayers thousands of dollars a year. The agenda states that the County government, the Livingston County Domestic Violence Consortium, the Livingston County Violence Task Force, and the Education, Prevention and Awareness are of Chances and Changes, Inc. will all work together to provide education about this violence to schools kindergarten through college, as well as, managers and supervisors in County businesses.
The issue is more relevant then ever with the recent Ray Race incident where video shows him punching his then-fiancée causing her to lose consciousness in the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hopefully this action will show support to the victims as well as be more proactive to help prevent future domestic violence incidents.