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Essex county honors domestic violence prevention community

Peices of the Essex County STOP Domestic Voilence Task Force Clothesline Project were hung on the lines for the event on Oct. 16.

Peices of the Essex County STOP Domestic Voilence Task Force Clothesline Project were hung on the lines for the event on Oct. 16. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “Don’t ever think someone is going to change, you have to go, get help, and leave,” she said. “If not for your children, so they don’t have to go through that, do it for yourself.”

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas said during the ceremony that domestic violence is a problem that affects all members of the community.

“Four million American are victims of domestic violence every year, and one third of Americans are witnesses of domestic violence,” Douglas said. “Only a coordinated effort of all member of the community can help end violence against women.”

District attorney Kristy Sprague said through all of the court cases she sees annually, it never ceases to amaze her how more and more cases of abuse and domestic violence come through her office instead of less.

“Events when awareness is central helps victims realize they are not alone and there are people here to help,” Sprague said.

The event was attended by Susan Kelly, Program Director for the STOP Domestic Violence program, Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward and Senior Caseworker for Essex County Angie DeGroff.

For more information on how STOP can help victims of abuse and their families call (888) 563-6904.

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