ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The month of October is recognized as national domestic violence awareness month. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is paying tribute survivors with purple ribbons and reminding the public that this is an issue year round, not just in October. Since the pandemic they’ve had even more reports of domestic violence than usual.
“It was a little slow in the beginning. April our numbers went up, May they went up, June they went up. . . So, when the pandemic set in that was the perfect storm for domestic violence offenders because now what better way to help the offender than to make everyone stay sheltered in their homes.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Maciol says domestic violence affects both men and women of every race, culture and socioeconomic status. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please call the Oneida County Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline at 315-797-7740.