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Hochul declares January stalking awareness month

Governor Kathy Hochul has officially declared January as Stalking Awareness Month and January 18 as the Stalking Awareness Day of Action in New York State. To honor victims and survivors, all State landmarks will be illuminated in yellow on January 18. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers of stalking, particularly in the context of domestic and gender-based violence.

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is actively involved in this cause, conducting a Stalking Awareness Month Social Media Awareness Campaign and publishing the Technology Safety for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Guide. The guide addresses the challenges posed by technology-facilitated abuse and stalking. Additionally, the OPDV focuses on protecting college campuses through the Enough is Enough Law, responding to a significant increase in stalking reports from students.

Recognizing the intersection of stalking with domestic and gender-based violence, New York State agencies, under Governor Hochul’s leadership, are dedicating resources and training to assist victims and prevent these crimes. The state’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline offers 24/7 support for those affected, demonstrating New York’s commitment to tackling these critical issues.