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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Declared

October 14th, 2022

Attending a ceremony to mark a resolution by the Potter County Commissioners were, from left, Commissioners Paul Heimel and Nancy Grupp; David Hyde and Cheyenne Wilson (education specialist) from A Way Out; and Commissioner Barry Hayman.

Domestic violence and sexual assault trends across the nation are concerning, and Potter County is hardly immune from the epidemic. Two representatives from A Way Out, the county’s victims’ services and public education agency, shared details as guest speakers for the Potter County Commissioners’ passage of a resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Of the nearly 270 new clients serviced by A Way Out over the past 12 months, 168 were women, 41 children, and 60 men. The latter figure has been rising steadily in recent years, said A Way Out executive director David Hyde. He detailed the agency’s addition of shelter/transitional living services for victims and a new mobile advocacy team being rolled out in partnership with Cameron and Elk counties. Hyde noted that the agency is responding to more “exceedingly violent” attacks in recent times. “Victimization is greater, in terms of the level of violence and the number of hotline calls we’re receiving from those who are involved in extreme emergencies,” Hyde added.

A Way Out is staffed with legal advocates, a sexual assault counselor, and staff who can meet survivors at doctor’s appointments to support them. The agency offers confidential emergency short-term shelter and 24-hour crisis counseling. There is also a 24-hour helpline, 814-274-0368.

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