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For Immediate Release: 10/20/2017


Justin Mason | | (518) 457-8828
Press Office, Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire illuminated purple tonight to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Entrance gate to The Great New York State Fair also purple

Three iconic state buildings in Albany are illuminated all month to raise awareness, show support for all those who are affected by domestic violence

The 408-foot spire of One World Trade Center – the tallest building in the country – will be illuminated purple from dusk tonight until 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 as part of the state’s Shine the Light on Domestic Violence campaign, which is coordinated annually in October by the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

In addition to One World Trade Center, the entrance gate to The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse will be illuminated purple this evening. The Governor Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, SUNY Plaza and the State Education Building – three iconic buildings in Albany – also are illuminated nightly as part of the campaign, which is marking its 10th year.

“Domestic violence thrives when people remain silent,” said Gwen Wright, executive director of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. “By illuminating these landmarks, we stand with all of those affected by domestic violence and remind New Yorkers that they have the power to help end domestic violence in their communities.”

First coordinated by the agency in 2008, the Shine the Light campaign was originally conceived to raise awareness by lighting buildings and other structures in purple, the color associated with domestic violence. During the past decade, the campaign has evolved into a “go purple” movement as New Yorkers have embraced the concept and have used the color in a variety of ways. Check out this 2017 photo gallery.

New Yorkers who participated in #PurpleThursday yesterday or other events are encouraged to email their photos to Those sharing photos through social media also can tag @NYSOPDV and use the hashtags #ShinetheLight and #NYGoesPurple4DV.

The New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (1-800-942-6906) offers help and information 24 hours a day, in English, Spanish and other languages. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can call 711.

New York State also supports and funds community-based programs to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence and other crimes, including these Domestic Violence Resources, a network of victim assistance programs funded by the state Office of Victim Services, and Sexual Assault and Violence Response (SAVR) Resources for SUNY Students.

The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence ( has three primary areas of focus: to advise the Governor and Legislature on policies and practices for the state; to train professionals from all disciplines across the state about the intersection of domestic violence in their daily practice; and to serve as a resource regarding the issue of domestic violence by disseminating regular public awareness campaigns, publishing materials for use by non-profits and victims and highlighting best practices.