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townhall 120The Lansing Town Board unanimously passed a resolution declaring freedom from domestic violence as a human right at their December meeting.  The board recognized several forms of domestic violence including physical and sexual, psychological and economic, and said that domestic violence is a human rights concern that affects individuals in every walk of life.

"I believe this resolution is similar to resolutions being put forth in towns across the County, as well as at the County," said Councilwoman Ruth Hopkins.

In 2013 the Tompkins County Advocacy Center reports it received 2,055 calls on its domestic violence and sexual assault hotline.  The Center served 212 new adult victims of domestic violence that year, and provided shelter for 37 adults and 25 children.  They also helped 72 people obtain court orders to protect themselves and their families from aggressors.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) infographic

According to, over 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners, and one out of every three female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner every year.  Additionally, 3 million men are victims of physical assaults in the US.  The Domestic Violence Hotline reports that an average of almost 20 people per minute are victims of a domestic partner.  The CDC reports that one in two women and one in five men experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

"This is a nice time of year, if you're thinking of places to donate money or books or toys for victims' children," said Supervisor Kathy Miller.  "Women and men have used their services."

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