Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February, advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices,and encourage communities to get involved. There are many resources available to provide information and support to victims and assist service providers and communities to decrease the prevalence of dating violence among young people. Anyone can make this happen by raising awareness about the issue, saying something about abuse when you see it and organizing your community to make a difference. Take action! Visit nrcdv.org for information.
Domestic violence is one person’s use of various tactics to control another person in an intimate relationship. Does your partner hit, punch, slap, kick, shove or bite you? Threaten to hurt you or your children? Abuse or threaten to harm pets? Have sudden outbursts of anger or rage? Become jealous without reason? Isolate you from family or friends? Prevent you from going where you want, when you want? Interfere with your job or going to school? Destroy personal property? Deny you access to bank accounts, credit cards or car? Control all finances? Force you to have sex or do things that make you uncomfortable? Insult you or call you names? Follow you or spy on you? Humiliate you in front of others? If you answered yes to one or more of the above, you might be abused. You are not alone.
You can also contact the Victims Resource Center in Newark for help, assistance and advocacy at (315) 331-1171 or The National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233. If your situation is an emergency, call 911 for the closest law enforcement officer to respond to your crisis. Everyone can do something to help stop domestic violence.
The Victims Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Inc. is a private, nonprofit domestic/dating/family violence, sexual assault, stalking, bullying and child abuse services agency in Newark. Its mission is to forge a communitywide commitment to end violence, and to provide assistance to victims in a sensitive, respectful and confidential manner, bringing community resources to the victim/survivor and the victim’s family.
The VRC provides services for a domestic violence shelter for the counties of Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates; school prevention education programs; trainings for law enforcement, district attorney offices, local magistrates, churches and first responders; girls groups and safe dates programs in area schools; empowerment/anger management groups; assistance with filing for all victim family court orders of protection and custody petitions; women’s empowerment group; Bringing in the Bystander anti-bullying program; financial freedom empowerment group; and sexual assault, domestic/family violence and bullying programming, including counseling for children and teens.
You can contact the Victims Resource Center in Newark for help, assistance and advocacy at (315) 331-1171 or their 24/7, bilingual (English/Spanish), confidential, toll-free hotline at (866) 343-8808 or (800) 456-1172.
In December 2017, 76 males and nine females were committed to the jail facility. There were 87 transports, 9.797 inmate meals served and $17,883.33 collected from 29 inmates released on bail. Inmates worked 1,631 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 27 inmates from Chautauqua, Genesee and Oswego county sheriff’s offices, and secured 19 parole violators and nine inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,456 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 41 weapons and 621 other contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.
Deputies traveled 90,964 miles on patrol, investigating 155 motor vehicle accidents in which 12 people were injured, 42 animal complaints, 450 minor crimes, three major crimes, 10 fire investigations and 2,496 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,181 for the month. Deputies issued 402 traffic tickets, eight DWIs and made 130 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 18 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 30 sex offenders. Deputies verified 84 offender home addresses, processed 101 requests for reports and conducted 60 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 36 pistol permit applications and 126 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 94 legal papers and 82 Family Court orders, handled 11 evictions, received $121,982.42 and paid out $120,225.97 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $13,400.89 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 15 people with DWI: Macedon Police Department, two; Newark PD, one; Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, eight; and New York State Police, four. Please drink responsibly.
Sgt. James Miller and Correction Officer Armand Miale attended the Use of Force Updates Training in Monroe County. Sgt. Roger LaClair and Deputy Andrew Hares attended the Police Crime Scene Evidence Technician Course at the Ontario County Training Facility in Canandaigua. Sgts. Joe Hendler and Dale Burnett and corrections officers Armand Miale, Don Dennie and Shane Donahue attended the Black Creek SallyPort 4.0 Train the Trainer Seminar in Canandaigua. Lt. Matt Ryndock and Sgt. George Lorenz attended the Snowmobile Law Enforcement Development School in Old Forge. I attended the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference and NYS Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Albany.
Receptionist Kim Bixby completed 10 years of service, and Deputy Sheriff Frank Smith completed 20 years of service. Smith has worked part time for the sheriff’s office since he retired from Newark PD. I salute Kim and Frank for their service.
If you see something, say something. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
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Please contact me at (315) 946-5797 or at bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.