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October is domestic violence awareness month

October 14, 2006

Albany -- Albany's Liberty House is working to break the cycle of domestic violence, by spreading awareness of the crime.

Organizers put together this awareness display at the Albany Mall today.

The Liberty House is a place where women and children victimized by domestic violence can go for help and safe shelter.

The group says it gets more than 2,000 calls for help yearly, and one in three women fall victim to either violent physical or pyschological abuse.

"We have a serious problem we need to focus on here alone because we don't have enough room to shelter and keep safe the women and the children that are going through domestic violence," said Liberty House Executive Director Silke Deeley.

The Liberty house helps victims for free and relies on donations to continue services.

The house is always full of women and children looking to escape domestic violence. Last month more than 50 people were turned away because it was full.

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