Remembering Victims of Domestic Violence

GOSHEN — In what has become an annual ceremony to fulfill the promise to never forget those affected by domestic violence, Orange County residents and officials stood before a line of 650 T-shirts donned all over the front side of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen. .

The shirts carry both heartbreaking and inspiring comments from victims of abuse and their families. A woman wept as the names of those killed in domestic violence were read.

Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Fearless! Hudson Valley, formerly called Orange County Safe Homes, said the violence must stop.

“We cannot forget why we are here. The reality is that there are women dying every day at the hands of their intimate partners, and this cannot continue to be among the top five female deaths in this country,” she said.

Last year without fear! Hudson Valley provided advocacy services to 23,276 customers, 3,833 security nights, 5,467 adults and children served, and 11,123 phone calls.

“We are here to celebrate the survivors,” County Executive Seven Neuhaus said.

The t-shirt display will travel to various locations in October.

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