The following is a press release from the office of Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey:
The office of Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey has posted updated regional domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse hotline posters online.
Any business, school or organization that wishes to post credible, up-to-date resources on those topics, or the Prescription Drug Disposal Partnership between DA Morrissey and local police departments can print copies of these posters in the Media section of www.norfolkda.com. Posters are updated semi-annually.
“A good number of these have already been put up in restaurants, libraries, medical and dental offices, pharmacies – sometimes in the privacy of restrooms, sometimes on the bulletin boards by the main entrance,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “Those who work in those spaces have a good idea of what belongs where.”
“It is not unusual to come across this kind of information posted in public buildings and other common spaces,” said District Attorney Morrissey. “Unfortunately, it is also not unusual to find some of the information out of date or incomplete.”
By having his office vet the information on these posters, then verify all the numbers twice a year to be sure they are up to date, it diminishes the chances that someone gets a dead line or a wrong number when they can finally reach out for help, District Attorney Morrissey said.
“A member of my staff did the photography on [their] own time and the graphic designer who does our trial exhibits made quick work of producing them. When we have copies printed, we use drug forfeiture funds to do it, so the cost is negligible – but we hope the value will be great," District Attorney Morrissey added.
There are three versions of the domestic violence poster, tailored to the south shore, western Norfolk County and the Northern end of the county. The substance poster is a partnership between District Attorney Morrissey and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery.
“Posting any, or all, of these is also a visible sign to patrons that your organization stands with victims of violence and in support of those struggling with addiction,” District Attorney Morrissey said.