Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

“Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” aka Turn the State Purple

Shine the Light on Domestic Violence Brochure


October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Everyone can take one step to make our communities safer.
For more ideas, go to the OPDV website  
To find the domestic violence program near you, go to:

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline 1-800-942-6906
English & español
Multilanguage Accessibility
Nat’l Relay Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711
24/7 and Confidential

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is one person’s use of a variety of tactics to control another person in an intimate relationship. Does your partner:

Domestic Violence is not
just physical.

If you answered yes to one or more of the above, you might be abused. You are not alone.

Help is Available

New York has 24/7 confidential hotlines serving every county in the State. Many programs offer services for children, support groups, help with legal services or immigrant issues, training and education, emergency transportation, and housing. Call 1-800-942-6906 to find your nearest program.

You do not have to stay in a shelter to get help from a domestic violence program.

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Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic violence awareness month

Outline of NYS with OPDV Logo: “New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence”]


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Purple is the color chosen to represent the fight against domestic violence.  Have you noticed purple a lot lately - purple ribbons, purple clothing, and purple lights - and wondered why?
Did you know:

Shine the Light on Domestic Violence! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Being aware of the problem is the first step to doing something about it. It’s likely that someone you know has been, or will be, a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects all of us – women, men, and children. Take a stand against domestic violence.

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Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

How can we work together to raise awareness of domestic violence? By “Shining a Light” on the subject and bringing it out of the darkness!

Albany Law School illuminated purple.

“Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” is a campaign that connects communities across New York by turning the State purple during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is the eighth year of the campaign, coordinated by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

From skyscrapers to bridges, storefronts to shopping centers, purple lights illum- inate the nights of October. People wear purple clothing while police cars and municipal vehicles display purple magnetic ribbons. Anyone can be part of the campaign.

How will you participate? Get ideas at our website.
GO PURPLE...AND TALK ABOUT IT.  You just might save a life.

Wear Purple Day is Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gather your friends or co-workers, wear purple, take a photo and send it to us at . We’ll put it on our Facebook page! Download handouts at OPDV's website.

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Take one purple step

You can make a difference and help reduce the number of people who are unsafe in their homes and relationships. You can help, no matter who you are. 
Here are some purple steps you can take: