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  • Take Back The Night event held in Dolgeville

  • Hoping to draw some attention to the problem of domestic violence, advocates walked laps around the Dolgeville High School track on Tuesday.



    Organizers for the school’s “Take Back the Night” event said the $2 admission for the three-hour event will go towards the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County at Catholic Charities.

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  • Hoping to draw some attention to the problem of domestic violence, advocates walked laps around the Dolgeville High School track on Tuesday.
    Organizers for the school’s “Take Back the Night” event said the $2 admission for the three-hour event will go towards the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County at Catholic Charities.
    Shea Nagle and Shae Voorhees, both of whom graduated from Dolgeville High School last week, said they want domestic violence victims to know there is help available for them.
    “Especially with going off to college, it’s good to know that there is support out there if something happens,” said Voorhees. “And, also, [the event is] to empower women who have already gone through it.”
    Voorhees noted that statistics show that the period between starting college in the fall to Thanksgiving can be a high period of domestic violence for students.
    Signs were hung on the fence surrounding the track that included statistics about domestic violence, including “85 percent of domestic violence victims are women,” “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her life,” and “An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year.”
    Now in its third year, the school’s event was started by then student Kayla Dzimitrowicz. Amy Murphy, a Spanish teacher at Dolgeville High School, said she first started attending the Take Back the Night events at the school after being asked to do so by Dzimitrowicz, her former student.
    “I also wanted to show support for domestic violence awareness,” she said on Tuesday.
    According to its website, the program “offers crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children.”
    Services include safe, temporary shelter for battered women and children, supportive counseling and support, accompaniment and advocacy through legal, medical, housing and social services systems. The program provides support group activities and information and referral. Community education and professional training programs are also offered.
    The domestic violence 24-hour hotline number is (315) 866-0458.
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