I just wanted to remind everyone that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York. The governor’s Shine The Light campaign seeks to raise awareness of what New Yorkers can do to help combat domestic violence and sends a message in our communities that it will not be tolerated in this state.

Be vigilant where this is concerned. If you see something, say something. If you know of someone who is being abused, encourage them to seek help and a safe haven. Let’s take care of the people who are struggling to take care of themselves.

dvmWear something purple this month as well. The color purple has long been associated with domestic violence awareness. Entities and individuals who participate in the State’s Shine the Light campaign by wearing the color on any other day in the month are encouraged to submit their photos to so that OPDV may share them via Facebook ( and Twitter (@NYSOPDV). Join the conversation on Twitter: #shinethelight.

New York is the only state in the nation to have an executive-level agency that has the sole mission of fighting and preventing domestic violence. Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has made strengthening the state and local response to domestic violence, a crime which disproportionately affects women and children, a priority.


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