Alternatives For Battered Women held an event Wednesday to commemorate the month. Monroe County employees and the Rochester Police Department were also there. The organization says many people don't think about domestic violence until there is a tragedy, like the death of SUNY Brockport student Alexandra Kogut. The group says this type of violence happens everyday in Monroe and other counties.
"They need to know that domestic violence is not just physical bruises. While it can be physical abuse it can also be emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse or intimidation," interim Executive Director Janine Lucas said.
Alternatives for Battered Women provides safe shelter for those escaping a dangerous relationship. The group helps more than 400 families each year. If you need help, you can call their 24-hour hotline at (585) 232-7363.