Town and school officials along with community leaders, spoke against domestic violence and in favor of awareness at a ceremony held at New Canaan High School Wednesday morning.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi gave a proclamation and offered statistics on domestic violence nationwide, such as one in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and that children who witness abuse of their mothers are 74 percent more likely to commit crimes in their lifetime.

"I support making New Canaan a Zero-Tolerance Community," Mallozzi said. "I will continue to vigorously support those who are working toward `Breaking the Cycle' of domestic violence and teen dating abuse." Mallozzi declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the Town of New Canaan.

Speakers also included Margie Hahn, a student at the high school and president of the Youth Adult Partnership Board, Ari Rothman, assistant principal of NCHS, and Dede Bartlett, co-chairman of the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership.

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