GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus on December 22, 2016, presented a check to Safe Homes of Orange County for $1,365 which the County collected to raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Neuhaus was joined at the check presentation by Safe Homes of Orange County Executive Director Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier. Orange County raised the funds during a dress down day in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“I want to thank the many departments in Orange County government that participated in the fundraising efforts to benefit Safe Homes,” Neuhaus said. “We will continue to partner with Safe Homes to raise awareness about domestic violence. I’m proud of the working relationship that the County has developed with Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier and her dedicated staff.”
Domestic violence statistics are sobering: One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. On average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
Since September of 2004, 23 women have been murdered by their husbands or intimate partners in Orange County, and one woman is missing but presumed dead, according to Safe Homes of Orange County.
“Safe Homes extends our deepest gratitude to County Executive Neuhaus and the County’s employees for using the dress down day as a way to raise up the victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and human trafficking and ensure that everyone knows the resources Safe Homes offers,” Kostyal-Larrier said. “This partnership creates opportunities to have significant impact on victims and their families in Orange County. We appreciate all that Mr. Neuhaus has done to help raise awareness about domestic violence.”
Safe Homes provides free counseling, support groups, legal services, and other forms of support to victims of domestic violence, and gives training to agencies, businesses, law enforcement, and individuals around domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call Safe Homes of Orange County 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 845-562-5340.