FULTON, NY – Every October the statewide Domestic Violence Awareness campaign highlights the continued crisis of domestic violence by lighting buildings purple and Fulton leaders proclaimed on Tuesday to shine the light locally.
Mayor Ronald Woodward and the Fulton Common Council proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“(We) urge all citizens to observe this month by working as individuals and as a community to support victims and survivors in their healing and finding safety and promoting accountability among batterers and abusers. We must stand up and say, ‘NO MORE to domestic violence,'” Fulton leaders proclaimed on Tuesday.
Oswego County Opportunities Service to Aid Families Education Program Manager Meredith Needham and SAF Educator Sara Gozzi accepted the proclamation.
The domestic violence and rape crisis center for Oswego County reported SAF staff members served 758 victims of abuse and assault in 2013.
The unit has provided crisis, support, advocacy and educational services throughout the community for over 30 years.
Needham urged community members to please join in support by saying NO MORE to domestic violence this October and every day. “Shine a light on this epidemic and bring it out of the darkness,” Needham said. “Victims should no longer suffer in isolation and silence. As a community we can work together to say NO MORE!”
To highlight awareness, purple beacons shining in the darkness have been placed at the pavilion at Bull Head Point and at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus, along with purple ribbons in the windows of the campus center.
A purple heart will shine from the West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego Harbor, visible from Breitbeck Park and Fort Ontario.
Statewide, Niagara Falls is lit purple, as well as the Empire State Building and buildings on the Syracuse University Campus.
SAF educators noted that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury among women and The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Justice report that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, a number higher than the average number of women who will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
More than three women a day are murdered by their current of former boyfriend or spouse.
Domestic violence costs the US more than $8 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.
And they note that most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
The SAF educators ask if you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, to please call the Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600.
The hotline is staffed by trained counselors and is available 24 hours a day.