October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and locally it’s Centre County Protects Kids Month.
Organizations in Centre County that are part of the better together collaborative held an informational event at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte this morning.
Law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, the YMCA of Centre County, and the Youth Services Bureau were in attendance.
Last year, Centre County Children and Youth Services responded to 217 child protective services cases and 815 general protective services cases.
For the first half of this year, they responded to 114 child protective services cases, and 405 general protective services cases.
“When we think about the phrase it takes a village to raise a child, it’s also true about keeping children safe. So we are here today as the village around centre county children to keep them safe.”
State College based Centre Safe has their empty place at the table display at all of the YMCA’s of Centre County facilities this month. To honor and remember, those who have passed away from domestic violence.
Currently, the display is at the State College YMCA and will be at the Bellefonte and Spring Mills locations in the coming weeks.