On Monday, Oct. 1, Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge will be illuminated in purple to commemorate October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Child & Family Services' Haven House will host a press conference before the first lighting of Niagara Falls. Immediately following the press conference, the group will walk to Prospect Point to view the remarkable falls bathed in purple lights. A moment of silence will be observed to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Both the American and Canadian Falls will be lit in purple from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m., from 8:30 to 8:45 p.m., and from 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. The Peace Bridge will be lit in purple from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Child & Family Services will also be involved in other events to raise awareness about domestic violence throughout October. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, agency staff will participate in "Go Violet to End Violence" by wearing purple in the workplace. "Go Violet to End Violence" is organized annually by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence.
Since 1979, Haven House, Erie County's only licensed domestic violence shelter, has answered more than 58,000 calls to its 24-hour emergency hotline and provided life-saving shelter to more than 23,000 abused women and children.
If you would like more information on Child and Family Services' Haven House, visit www.cfsbny.org.