The Township of North Bergen was the first municipality in Hudson County to actively sponsor Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, with numerous activities aimed at increasing support and recognition for this important issue.
October began with a proclamation issued by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township Commissioners in support of Domestic Violence Awareness. Multiple departments then collaborated to contribute to the success of the initiative, with the Department of Public Works beautifully decorating one of the North Bergen Police Department patrol vehicles, and the Parks and Recreation Department organizing events and providing t-shirts to promote the cause.
The police vehicle made appearances at numerous locations throughout the township, including Recreation sporting events and special seminars on domestic violence awareness at the North Bergen Free Public Library’s two locations, uptown and downtown.
The seminars were facilitated by Luz Fontanez of WomenRising, a 114-year-old organization dedicated to providing assistance to women and families in Hudson County by offering counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, shelter for victims of domestic violence, outreach, advocacy, and referrals.
Ending the month on a purple note, the Rec. Department coordinated a special Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Bruin Stadium, with the police vehicle and a WomenRising information booth both in attendance for a series of football games on Saturday, Nov. 2. Cheerleaders at the games all wore purple to show their support of the cause, and the football player wore purple socks. Everyone joined together at halftime for a group photo on the field.