Erie County will "Go Violet" on Wednesday, Oct. 16, marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence is asking individuals and organizations to wear purple, the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness, and provide information to employees and patrons. More information on how you or your organization can get involved is available at www.goviolet.eccafv.org.
Additionally, organizations in Erie County are participating in a "Go Violet" decorating contest. By decorating their front entrances purple, organizations are displaying their commitment to ending domestic violence and showing their support of victims in the community. To enter the contest, visit www.events.eccafv.org.
Erie County joins the statewide "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign, which is spearheaded by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Now in its sixth year, the campaign encourages public, private and nonprofit entities to raise awareness of the issue by embracing the color purple by shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their communities, wearing purple or sponsoring awareness events.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities are happening throughout Erie County in October. Visit www.dvam.eccafv.org to find event information.
Michael Chase, ECCAFV community relations chairman, said, "We are proud to stand with our colleagues across New York state on Oct. 16 to shine a light on our commitment to ending domestic violence in our community. The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence works to end domestic violence through awareness, advocacy and education. October is the best time to build awareness of the issue in our community and support victims looking for help to find safety."
Domestic Violence affects Erie County residents every day. In 2011, nearly 8,800 calls were made to domestic violence hotline in Erie County. If you or someone you know needs information, support or assistance, help is available 24 hours a day at 716-884-6000 and 716-862-HELP (4357).