Tuesday, October 3, 2017




Orange County marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Kostyal-Larrier with Crawford Town Police Chief Dominick Blasco in front of the clothesline
with t-shirts bearing personal messages from victims

NEWBURGH – Since 2004, 23 women have died at the hands of their intimate partners in Orange County. Another woman, Petra Mohammad of Highland Falls, remains missing and is presumed dead.

Safe Homes of Orange County once again hung its Clothesline Project with t-shirts inscribed with messages about domestic violence victims and others who overcame the abuse.

Safe Homes Executive Director Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier said the effort to eliminate domestic violence must be unified.

“The biggest thing we are talking about is the need to collaborate and coordinate on all levels to lift victims up and ensure that we are enhancing their safety,” Kostyal-Larrier said. “We can’t do this in an isolated silo.”

Orange County government and law enforcement officials pledged their support for those who have been victims of domestic violence and to provide necessary services to protect them and help them out of their dangerous situations.


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