The Sheriff's Office and YWCA Mohawk Valley want domestic violence victims to know there are services available.
ORISKANY — The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the local YWCA came together Friday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness of the services both agencies offer for domestic violence victims.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said domestic violence calls are “one of the most common calls" for law enforcement.
“We are here to serve the victims,” Maciol said. “We have a zero tolerance for any form of domestic violence.”
The Sheriff’s Office offers two programs to help victims through the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, he said:
• The Order of Protection Notification Program allows domestic violence victims to register to be notified by phone, text or email when a Family Court Order of Protection has been served.
• The Prisoner Release Notification Program allows victims to register at www.vinelink.com or call 1-888-VINE-4-NY to be notified in the event of a prisoner’s release from jail or prison.
Both of these programs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“This access empowers domestic violence victims to gain a greater degree of control in their lives and to make informed decisions about their safety,” Maciol said.
YWCA Mohawk Valley Chief Executive Officer Dianne Stancato said victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Oneida County also can seek help by calling the YWCA Mohawk Valley’s free and confidential hotline at 315-797-7740. That hotline, which also is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, received 2,400 calls in 2016, she said.
“These potentially life-saving victim notification programs and the YWCA’s comprehensive programs and services can end the cycle of violence,” Stancato said. “Don’t be a bystander. If you seriously think that someone is a victim, speak up, speak out.”
Contact reporter Mark Doherty at 315-792-5013 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_MDoherty).