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Sheriff, YWCA looking to boost domestic violence text enrollment

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Sheriff, YWCA looking to boost domestic violence text enrollment
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UTICA, N.Y.-- The Oneida County Sheriff and the YWCA are trying to boost enrollment in a text alert program for victims of domestic violence.

The SAVIN New York program alerts domestic violence victims when an order of protection is served against their abuser. The county has been on the system since last year, but now they're looking to boost awareness and enrollment.

The Sheriff's office and the YWCA say knowing when an order of protection is served can be critical for victims.

Mohawk Valley YWCA Executive Director Natalie Brown said with the texts, "[Victims] can really make sure they work with the agencies, our advocates, to be aware of that so that they can develop a safety plan."

"Offenders will react differently at that moment when they're served," said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol. "We just feel that that's a vulnerable time for victims when an order of protection is officially served on an offender or an accused offender."

Law enforcement say the program has already had a notable impact on domestic violence.

You can find out more about the program at savin-ny.com.

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