Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica branch of the YWCA is calling attention to its domestic abuse services in light of last weeks apparent murder-suicide in Deerfield.  Deb Gallotti, YWCA's Director of Residential Services says after hearing the tragic news, her office decided to once again remind those in difficult domestic situations that there is help available. She said, "Of course our hearts go out to the victims family. And, this is what we do everyday, you know, we provide services to victims on a daily basis. Whether it be through family court for orders of protection."

She says there's also help available through the organizations 24-hour, 7 days a week hotline. "That's very important for people to call if they need anything, and we can do referrals, or if they need safety--not just for the victims--but for the families of the victims. This touches so many people. Even people that relate to this family and this situation," she said.

Domestic Violence Hotline:

  • YWCA Mohawk Valley, Oneida County: (315) 797-7740
  • Catholic Charities, Herkimer County: (315) 866-0458
  • Liberty Resources, Madison County: (315) 366-5000