The Orange County Sheriff’s Office commemorates National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, a time for law enforcement agencies, victim assistance organizations and community leaders to work jointly in generating greater public awareness about domestic violence, prevention strategies and effective responses for victims.
It serves as a reminder that communities must speak out in a unified voice to combat domestic and to challenge all people in America to support programs that can end this nationwide epidemic. According to the United States Department of Justice, 1.3 million women and men have been victims of domestic violence in the past year.
Eliminating domestic violence requires collaborative prevention and response efforts from criminal justice professionals, victim service providers, prosecutors, health care providers, educators and elected officials among others. In addition to assistance provided by the legal systems and victim service programs, domestic violence victims in Orange County have access to potentially life-saving information through the website www.sheriff-assist.org.
Sheriff Assist allows crime victims and concerned citizens to track the custody status of their offenders and register to be notified by phone or email in the event of a release to the community or a transfer to a NYS prison facility or county jail. This service is available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week through the toll-free number 1-888-VINE-4-NY (1-888-846-3469) or online at www.vinelink.com.