Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was joined by Assemblyman Dave McDonough, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Kevin P. Smith, First Deputy Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department, John E. Imhof, PhD, LCSW-R Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Social Services, Cynthia Scott, Executive Director, The Safe Center LI, and Patricia Kontonis, mother and voice of victim
Maria Kontonis, in her call for greater awareness of domestic and family abuse.
“Addressing domestic violence requires the continuing joint commitment and dedication of our partners in law enforcement, clergy members, not-for-profit community agencies and government to combat this most serious of public safety and health crises,” said Curran. “We will continue to do all we can to provide assistance and education to those who are victims of domestic or family abuse.”
In 2017 alone, there were more than 6,000 calls to the Domestic Violence Hotline, 14,600 reports of Domestic Violence to the Nassau County Police Department, 1,700 arrests for domestic violence, more than 6,000 calls a year to Nassau County Child Protective Services, and nearly 5,000 victims of domestic violence are receiving services at domestic violence agencies; the Safe Center LI, Circulo de la Hispanidad, and our newest partner in combating family and domestic violence in the South Asian and Muslim communities, Domestic Harmony.
If you or someone you care about is a victim of abuse, call The Safe Center LI’s confidential hotline at 516-542-0404.