Posted Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Morris County, part of a national observance held every October to call attention to the many-times unseen and unheard issue of domestic violence in Morris County, as well as the state and nation.
Freeholders Proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Morris County
(l/r) Denise Arseneault, Marcy McMann, Chris Mueller, Tia Manochio,
Patty Sly, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, and Dave Scapicchio
“Domestic Violence will be experienced by 1 in every 4 women during their lifetimes, with an estimated 1.3 million woman being victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Those are frightening numbers,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, who along with the freeholder board issued the proclamation at the county governing board’s Oct. 14 meeting in Morristown.

“Also, 1.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year – violence that devastates the lives of these innocent young people. And, sadly, only a fraction of the cases of domestic violence in this county and across our state and nation are reported to authorities,’’ DeFillippo added.

Attending the session in Morristown to accept the proclamation and help re-focus public attention on the issue were Jersey Battered Womens’ Service (JBWS) Executive Director Patty Sly; and Marcy McMann, chair of the Morris County Domestic Violence Working Group.

Also attending were Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Tia Manochio, who heads the Prosecutor’s Domestic Violence Unit; Morris County Prosecutor’s Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault; and Chris Mueller, Team Leader of the Domestic Violence Unit for the Family Courts in Superior Court in Morris County

 Freeholders Proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Morris County

Each year in New Jersey, there are some 65,000 reported cases of domestic violence, including more than 2,000 annually in Morris County. JBWS works closely with the prosecutor’s office and the courts to offer a coordinated response to the violence against women.

JBWS’s mission is the prevention of domestic violence. The organization’s staff and volunteers have provided help line services, shelter, counseling, childrens’ services, batterer’s intervention, teen dating abuse services, community education, and professional training to thousands of Morris County residents since 1976. 

For more information on JBWS visit: The JBWS help line number is 973-267-4763.

For more information on domestic violence from the Prosecutor’s Office, visit: