Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

Bulletins - Winter 2013 OPDV Bulletin

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Purple New York 2012

Syracuse Hall of Languages illuminated purple; human purple ribbon; electronic sign at Kingsborough Community College

This year’s “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign was bigger and better than ever! This was the fifth year of the campaign to turn the State purple during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Niagara Falls, Times Square, city halls and county court houses turned purple. Some creative ideas included purple pumpkins carved with domestic violence messages, a human purple ribbon, and a purple scavenger hunt. You can see a list of all participants, sortable by name or county, on our website. And dozens of photos can be seen on Facebook. If your agency participated but isn’t listed, let us know.

OPDV works to provide online resources for participants. This year’s new items included wallet cards, talking points and activities for book clubs. Are there any resources you would like to see us develop? Please let us know at

“Shine the Light” recognizes that a coordinated voice is a strong voice, magnifying individual efforts with the power of collaboration. To those who have been turning New York State purple for the past five years, thank you. And to the newcomers, welcome and thank you! We look forward to seeing you again in 2013!