Albany County District Attorney David Soares joined with fellow members of the Albany County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (ACCADA) at Albany Law School to announce a variety of initiatives taking place through October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Representatives from local law enforcement agencies, community service organizations including Equinox Domestic Violence Services, and the Albany Law School Law Clinic and Justice Center detailed a number of domestic violence awareness-related events and activities, including a visibility campaign with 11 law enforcement agencies, a series of fundraisers and informational programming on WMHT and at Proctors Theater.
Albany Law School's Law Clinic & Justice Center, which includes the Family Violence Litigation Clinic, is currently managing its own domestic violence cases, as well as assisting agencies and attorneys on other cases.
At the press conference, student and clinic member Rita Romani detailed some of the activities that will take place on campus during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Albany Law students, faculty, staff and friends held an evening vigil in front of the law school in remembrance of victims of domestic violence on Oct. 18. The vigil began with the panel discussion "Have Domestic Violence Courts Helped Deter Domestic Violence by Keeping Victims Safe and Batterers Accountable" at 6:00 p.m., followed by the lighting of candles and illumination of the law school's historic 1928 Building with purple lights at 7:15 p.m.
Also at Albany Law, The Legal Project provided training for first-year students on sexual assault and domestic violence on Oct. 15.