Later this month, a clothesline will stretch across the center of the Robert McLaughlin College Center displaying T-shirts made by victims or those affected by domestic violence.
The center, on the Herkimer County Community College campus, is also where survivors and others can make their own T-shirts and visit with a domestic violence awareness advocate throughout the month, which is nationally-recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“It’s not just college campuses. It’s everywhere,” said Katie, a domestic violence awareness advocate, on Monday. “Sometimes domestic violence is not always physical. It can be more subtle.”
Katie showed a checklist of 20 questions the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County advocates review with those who believe they are in an abusive relationship.
Questions include “Do you have to get permission to socialize with your friends and family?,” “Are you accused of cheating on him or flirting with other men when you leave the house?” and “Are you afraid to talk about certain topics unless he’s in a good mood?”
T-shirts and paints were available at the domestic violence information table on Monday so survivors and others could make T-shirts for The Clothesline Project, which the college has had on display on the campus in past years. People will also be able to make T-shirts on Oct. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m., Oct. 4 to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at the college center. The T-shirts will then be on display there from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17.
Also, a representative of the domestic violence program will be on-campus with an information table at the college center on Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Friday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. This is open to the public. For more information, call the HCCC Counseling Office at 866-0300 ext. 8374.
The Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County, through Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, is also collecting bras, underwear and socks for women and socks and underwear for boys and girls who are staying at the shelter for the month of October. The boxes can be found at Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West St., Ilion; Country Manor, 4338 State Route 28, Herkimer; Cuts and Colors Hair Salon, 402 Mohawk St., Herkimer; Hair Designs by Kathy, 614 E. Main St., Little Falls; Ilion Free Public Library, 78 West St., Ilion; Kinney Drugs, 530 Albany St., Little Falls; Kinney Drugs, 55 N. Main St., Dolgeville; and Wendy’s Beauty Salon, 100 Morgan St., Ilion.
The domestic violence hotline for those in Herkimer County is 866-0458.
Also in observation of domestic violence awareness month, the Montgomery County Public Health Department issued a reminder that purple is the symbolic color for the social issue.
Page 2 of 2 - The department says domestic violence victims are often forced to make complicated decisions about whether to stay in or leave an abusive relationship. However, they do not always realize their children can be harmed even if they don’t explicitly witness the abuse, the reminder stated.
Although many adults believe they have protected their children from exposure to domestic violence, Public Health said 80 to 90 percent of the children in those homes can give detailed descriptions of the violence experienced in their families.
The Domestic Violence Program through Catholic Charities of Montgomery County’s hotline number is 518-842-3384. They can provide information on domestic violence resources in one’s community.