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SHOUT OUT: In an effort to give people the strength to oppose and prevent domestic violence, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan has forged an alliance with Shelter Our Sisters, “No More” and other organizations while participating in public service announcements.

In 2011 there were 4,521 incidents of domestic violence reported to police in Bergen County, after which 1,367 people were arrested, the county executive noted.

“In December I attended a candlelight vigil commemorating four people who lost their lives to domestic violence,” Donovan said in her 2014 State of the County speech. “These victims included a 23 year-old mother, a 58 year old account executive, and a 5 year-old girl.

“They were killed by a husband, a boyfriend and an ex-boyfriend of that little girl’s mom.”

Trained professionals are are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week “to provide the help that is needed to put a stop to this destructive behavior,” she said.

All calls made to the Alternatives to Domestic Violence Hotline remain confidential, Donovan emphasized: (201) 336-7575

“We all hope for the day when their services are no longer needed,” she said.

Until then, county officials are working to spread the word.

The Bergen Cares campaign has produced several PSAs with Donovan as the spokesperson.

Here’s one:

These join those produced last year by actress Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation:

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