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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Each year, millions of assaults and rape cases are reported to law enforcement across the country and thousands of cases are reported in the Mohawk Valley.

Domestic violence is defined as verbal, emotional, financial, physical, or sexual abusive behavior that one person in an intimate relationship uses against the other for the sake of power and control.

"The sad part is that it should be every day we think about domestic violence and not just in the month of October," said Deb Galotti, Crisis Services Director at the YWCA of Oneida County. "But because it is the month of October, we do a lot of things to bring it out and be more aware. "

Organizations and small businesses in the area will be holding events and fundraisers throughout the month.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available.

If you live in Herkimer County call Catholic Charities at (315) 866-0458 or in Oneida County call the YWCA (315) 797-7740.

All calls are confidential.

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