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North Bergen issues proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The move aims to raise awareness of domestic violence throughout the month of October

North Bergen officials commemorate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Art Schwartz.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners have issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The board passed a resolution issuing the proclamation at their meeting in early October. Sacco read the proclamation in full.

“Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender, and income levels, and North Bergen residents and not immune,” Sacco said, reading the proclamation.

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in three women and one in four men will be a victim of domestic abuse at some point during their lifetime.

Sacco continued: “Too often, children that grow up in violent homes have lifelong repercussions from the emotional and physical trauma of experiencing or witnessing domestic violence. Domestic violence costs the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expense, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.”

A coordinated community effort can help put a stop to this abuse, Sacco said.

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month is represented by the color purple, as with the purple heart medal, the color symbolizing peace, courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending violence,” Sacco said. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy services and assistance to victims and survivors.”

In addition to the proclamation, the township has also been taking other steps to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Police Department had police vehicles adorned with purple decals to raise awareness for the issue.

Also, the township’s website has donned a purple banner and logo in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

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