Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:55

ARISE Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Above from left are: ARISE Community Services Manager Jennifer Torrese, Sarah Skillen, Alexis Hartle, and SAF Educator / Advocate Sara Gozzi. Above from left are: ARISE Community Services Manager Jennifer Torrese, Sarah Skillen, Alexis Hartle, and SAF Educator / Advocate Sara Gozzi. Submitted Photo

Individuals at ARISE in Oswego used their creativity to show their support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

As purple is the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness they created a window display filled with purple flags to pay tribute to individual that are survivors of domestic violence. A non-profit, community-based organization ARISE works to ensure that individuals, regardless of disability, have the power to make life choices to achieve their dreams.

“The display looks great,” said Sara Gozzi, educator and advocate with Oswego County Opportunities Services to Aid Families (SAF) program. “I’m pleased we had the opportunity to collaborate with ARISE in our efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence in Oswego County. We know that individuals with disabilities experience high rates of domestic and sexual violence. So this month, we pledge our unwavering support to all victims and survivors. We also want to recognize the providers and organizations, like ARISE, who work tirelessly to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence and extend hope and healing to victims and survivors every day.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call the SAF Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and is free and confidential. SAF is the domestic violence and rape crisis program for Oswego County and has provided crisis, supportive, advocacy and educational services throughout Oswego County for over 30 years.

Did you know ... Oswego County Opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service to the Oswego County community in 2016! To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org.

## About ARISE

ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 7,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE offers services in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and also operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango, NY, and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.

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