BALLSTON SPA – The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is once again putting the focus on domestic violence this month.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness, and the DA’s office is using the occasion to spread awareness about the issue and serve as advocate for victims. The unit specializes in prosecuting cases related to these types of incidents, while specialists work with victims to navigate the criminal justice system.
“There is a continuing need throughout our community and our state to continue to shine a light on domestic violence — to highlight and bring awareness that there are people and programs to support and assist victims of domestic violence,” said District Attorney Karen Heggen, in a statement.
The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is urging residents to support and participate in ongoing programs designed to reduce and eventually eliminate domestic violence.
The DA’s office works with a number of awareness organizations and programs, including Wellspring, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, 6 South Main St., Mechanicville. Wellspring provides support services to victims of violence and sexual assault, with a mission of providing support to survivors and engage the community to end sexual assault. The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program provides services for victims of abuse and their families and works to assist victims through crisis and navigate resources and improve their self of self-confidence.
Both organizations provide a full list of events locals can participate in this October to show their support.
The DA’s office also will hold a collection through Wednesday , Oct. 26 for personal care items at its office at the Saratoga County Municipal Center, 25 West High St., building 4. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and items that can be donated include full size bottles of shampoo, bars of soap, lotion, tampons, socks, winter gloves, emery boards and hair clips. At the end of the month those items will be donated to Wellspring and the Advocacy Program.
The DA’s office also is accepting old cell phones and chargers. The cell phones will be reprogrammed and distributed as needed to people working in various domestic violence programs.