Claremont, NH – At the Claremont City Council meeting Wednesday evening, Mayor Dale Girard proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mayor Girard presented the official proclamation to Amanda Mace, director of programs, from Turning Points Network. Girard noted in his comments that one in three women in New Hampshire and one in four men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetimes.
“Domestic violence is a serious crime affecting thousands of women, men, children and communities in New Hampshire every year, including here in Claremont,” noted Mayor Girard. “We support Turning Points Network in its efforts to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic violence and sexual assault for all our citizens as well prevention education programs in our schools and community groups.”
Despite tremendous challenges brought on by the current economic downturn, Turning Points Network, a private nonprofit agency located in Claremont and Newport, has been able to provide 24-hour crisis and support, shelter, court advocacy, peer counseling, and safety planning for upwards of 1,000 survivors and their families annually, as well as prevention education programs for more than 2,400 students in Sullvan County in the last year.
“We thank Mayor Girard and the City of Claremont for recognizing the month of October as a time to support those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end violence in our communities,” said Pascale N. Graham PhD, executive director of Turning Points Network.
“We also welcome members of the community to join us at our Open House on October 12 from 3 to 6 pm at our new headquarters at 231 Broad Street in Claremont, and to participate in other awareness-raising activities we will be hosting throughout the month.”
For more information on the proclamation or to learn more about Turning Points Network and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, see the agency website: https://turningpointsnetwork.org/
About Turning Points Network:
Turning Points Network (TPN) is a private, nonprofit agency that provides 24-hour crisis and support services to all survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout Sullivan County. TPN also offers school and community-based prevention education and outreach. All services offered at TPN are confidential and free of charge.