For Immediate Release - October 29, 2013

MOVA and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Acknowledge October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is honored to acknowledge October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month along with our partner agencies throughout the state that assist victims of domestic violence. 

MOVA funds government and community based agencies, like the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport, that offer a range of services to domestic violence victims including a 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy services, legal representation, trauma and therapy services, emergency and transitional housing assistance, as well as preventative trainings and community education initiatives.

“Addressing the impact of domestic violence on victims and families and working towards prevention takes a collaborative response from both government and community based programs”, said Liam Lowney, Executive Director for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. “The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been an essential partner in serving the needs of individual victims, while working towards an end to violence.”

To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will host their annual “Walk Against Domestic Violence” on Sunday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Windmill in Newburyport. Interested participants can register for the walk and learn more about the event online at jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org or by calling 978-465-0999. 

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which provides an opportunity to shed light on the issue of violence against women, something we at the Center work to combat on a daily  basis” said Suzanne Dubus, CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.  “Raising awareness of domestic violence in our community and engaging everyone – victims, survivors, advocates, law enforcement, supporters and political leaders – is the only way to unite in our work and to end the cycle of abuse.”

For a listing of domestic violence service agencies throughout the state, as well as other Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, please call MOVA at 617-586-1340, or visit their website at www.mass.gov/mova , or by following them on Twitter (@MassMOVA) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/MassMOVA).

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