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Mayor promotes awareness of domestic violence

Victims of domestic abuse, elder abuse and dating violence should know no one deserves to be abused, victims are not alone and that help is within reach.

That's the message the Crisis Services Advocate Program wants to get out to the community as part of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown presented a proclamation Monday at City Hall highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

During the past year, the Crisis Services Advocate Program has provided services to more than 1,000 survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. More than 1,500 calls concerning abuse came through the agency's hotline, 843-3131. And it has a 24-hour hospital response for victims of domestic violence to all hospitals in Erie County.

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