Task Force in Greenfield working to end domestic violence

DA's Office: There are 1,200 to 1,500 new cases of domestic violence each year

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Mayor’s Task Force wants to put an end to domestic violence in the town and the rest of the region.

The group met on Wednesday at Greenfield Town Hall, sharing ideas on how to better educate others on this issue. The Task Force also plans events on domestic violence awareness in the region.

The group is made up of local community leaders, as well as representatives from the Mayor’s office, and the Northwestern District Attorney.

“We’re certainly by the fact that it’s rural and a small community and you’d think we don’t see as much, but honestly there’s still a pretty high incidence,” said Mary Kociela, Director of Domestic Violence Projects for Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Kociela said there are many organizations around to help people who’ve gone through domestic violence. Those include NELCWIT, which works with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

She added that the DA’s Office sees between 1,200 and 1,500 new cases of domestic violence each year.