The First Step Victim Services Department of Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties hosted an awareness initiative for No More Week.

No More Week is a national campaign held the first week of March aimed at making domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year round. 

They want people to feel comfortable to report and share stories and offer support when needed.

“One in seven men will become a victim of domestic violence and one in four women will become a domestic violence victim,” Kristine Morseman, a supervisor of victim services, said. “It is a widespread problem and it has always been in the shadows, and we hope to bring that to light.”

The Poor People’s Campaign of Elmira held a bystander training Tuesday night in Elmira. They reviewed the way people should respond to victims when they open up about an issue pertaining to this abuse.