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Hunterdon County officials take part in candlelight vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Commissioner Director John Lanza, Commissioner Susan Soloway, Commissioner Jeff Kuhl, Sheriff Fred Brown, County Clerk Mary Melfi, and Prosecutor Renee Robeson joined SAFE in Hunterdon on October 20 for a candlelight vigil at the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Commissioner Director John E. Lanza said, “The Commissioner Board stands united in working with organizations like SAFE in Hunterdon to raise awareness about domestic violence victims within our community. Participating in the annual SAFE in Hunterdon vigil is just one small part of a much broader campaign to continue to help survivors of domestic violence.”

Commissioner Susan J. Soloway said, “As a longtime volunteer member of a Domestic Violence Response Team, I have seen firsthand the tragic toll that domestic violence has had on victims and their families. Many people know someone who has experienced or witnessed domestic violence at some point in their lifetime.”

The Commissioner Board presented a proclamation to SAFE in Hunterdon as well as illuminated the Historic Hunterdon Courthouse facade in purple to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Commissioner Jeff Kuhl, the Board’s liaison to the Department of Human Services said, “The candlelight vigil organized by SAFE in Hunterdon was very moving, and I will continue to work hard in my role as liaison to the Department of Human Services to ensure resources are available to help victims of domestic violence.”

SAFE in Hunterdon has been serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence for over 40 years through a 24-hour emergency hotline, safe housing, legal advocacy, adult and child therapeutic services, community education, and violence prevention programs. The nonprofit is dedicated to offering safety, hope, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hunterdon County.

Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred Brown said, “As Sheriff, I collaborate regularly with organizations like SAFE in Hunterdon, as well as our local law enforcement partners to address domestic violence throughout the community. Hopefully through events like this, we can continue to raise awareness and reach victims that are in need of our help.”

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing abuse or is in need of SAFE In Hunterdon services, please call the 24/7 hotline at 908-788-4044.

Residents can also follow or connect with SAFE in Hunterdon through its website,, as well as on social media by searching for SAFE Hunterdon.

Jay Edwards

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