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October is domestic violence awareness month

HAMBURG — October is national domestic violence awareness month.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the New York State Sheriff’s Association, is offering two programs for domestic violence victims in Erie County.

The Family Court Order of Protection Notification Project Statewide Automated Victim Notification Information and Notification program allows domestic violence victims to register at and be notified by phone, text message or email when a family court order of protection has been served.

This service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The New York Sheriff’s Victim Hotline (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) allows crime victims to register at or call, toll free, 1-888-8463-469 and be notified by phone or email, in the event of an offender’s release from prison. This service is also available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“Victims of domestic violence often need the kind of timely information that the VINE and SAVIN-NY provide,” said Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard. “Both programs provide registered crime victims with critical information, when they need it most. This access empowers domestic violence victims to gain a greater degree of control in their lives and to make informed decisions about their safety.”

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