The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the YWCA Mohawk Valley joined together today to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The two organizations want victims of domestic violence to be aware of the services they offer.

The Sheriff's Office has two programs, including Order of Protection and Prisoner Release Notification Programs.

The first allows domestic violence victims to be notified when an Order of Protection has been served.  The second notifies victims of an offender's release from prison.

Victims can register at or by calling 1-888-VINE-4-NY.  Both services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Victims of domestic violence often need the kind of timely information that NYS Sheriffs’ Association Victim Services Programs provide. Both programs provide registered crime victims with critical information when they need it most. This access empowers domestic violence victims to gain a greater degree of control in their lives and to make informed decisions about their safety,” said Sheriff Robert Maciol.

The YWCA offers a 24/7 domestic violence hotline.(315-797-7740.) Last year, the hotline fielded nearly 2.400 calls.

The Y will be holding taking back the night rallies in Utica and Rome this month.

Take Back the Night in Utica, March and Vigil  Tuesday, October 17

One Kennedy Plaza
Utica City Hall
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Take Back the Night in Rome, March and Vigil    Thursday, October 19

198 N. Washington Street
Rome City Hall
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.