Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. We hope that you will continue to turn the state purple to raise awareness and this year, consider turning awareness into action by becoming an ally for survivors and their children.

Be an Ally

As an ally, you can provide information and resources to those in need. You can: share the state’s 24/7, free and confidential Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline number (1-800-942-6906); believe a friend or loved one and listen without judgment; encourage workplaces to adopt a policy to improve protections for victims; and support local domestic violence programs. For more ideas about how to be an ally, check out our new Ally cardand poster, which you also can download and distribute in your community.

National Wear Purple Day

This year’s national “Wear Purple Day” is Thursday, Oct. 18, so please wear purple and encourage others to do the same.

Online Toolkit

For ideas about how to raise awareness and for information about how to help others, visit our online toolkit of free resources designed for everyone – from workplaces to government agencies to individuals and communities.

Risk Reduction Summit
On October 23, OPDV will host a Risk Reduction Summit at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. This free event will feature presentations from law enforcement agencies and service providers collaborating to identify and respond to victims of domestic violence who are at high risk of being killed or seriously injured by an intimate partner. The information will benefit professionals interested in developing and implementing high-risk teams in their communities: police, prosecutors, domestic violence service providers and probation professionals, among others. Seating is limited, so you are strongly encouraged to register no later than October 15.

Use our 2018 Hashtag!

Make sure you post all your awareness-raising efforts and events on social media using our 2018 hashtag: #NYGoesPurple4DV!

Gwen Wright receives "Voices Rising" Lifetime Impact Award from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906
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New York State's Teen Dating Abuse Website

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OPDV Bulletin

We have made a change to the OPDV Bulletins page. In addition to locating Bulletin issues by year, you can now search them by subject as well.

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