Jefferson County Commissioners Proclaim October as Domestic Violence Month

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Month” at their meeting Tuesday at Jefferson Place in Brookville.

(Pictured, clockwise, from top left, are county commissioners Jeff Pisarcik, Herb Bullers, Jack Matson, and Community Action’s Yolanda Rossetti)

Yolanda Rossetti, of Community Action Crossroads Program (CACP) for Jefferson and Clearfield counties, talked about what the program has done for county residents and its plans for 2018.

CACP noted in its 2016-17 fiscal year report to the Pa. Coalition Against Domestic Violence that the program helped 602 adults and children and provided more than 2,700 counseling hours. The program also provided 752 shelter nights and gave shelter to 35 new adults and children who were victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, Community Action is working on a new program – “Coaching Boys into Men.”

“It’s a violence prevention program for athletic coaches designed to inspire them to teach their young male athletes about the importance of respect for themselves, others, and particularly women and girls,” Rossetti said.

“We will be contacting coaches in the county at area schools and colleges to implement the program,” Rossetti said. “Athletes are often popular and influential leaders among their peers and qualities such as discipline, cooperation and integrity are also the building blocks to becoming a respectful person and role model for others.”

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They also have a 24-hour toll free hotline at 1-800-598-3998.

Other Business

The commissioners voted to reappoint Diane Knight, of Brockway, and Karen Allgeier, of Brookville, to the Community Connections of Clearfield/Jefferson Counties Advisory Board for a three-year term beginning December 31, 2017.

The commissioners also voted to approve funding to the following groups.

  • Jefferson County Historical Society – Marketing of Scripture Rocks, $1,275
  • Groundhog Club Grant – Advertising, $2,000
  • Welcome to Jefferson County Sign – $495

The funding was made available through hotel tax money the county receives to support advertising for tourism.

The commissioners also proclaimed October “Cancer Awareness Month”.

The next commissioners meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 24. The jail board meeting will follow at 11 a.m.

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