Seeing Purple? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Binghamton, NY) October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and across the country and here locally families, friends and advocates for victims of domestic or partner violence wear or display purple to bring awareness to the issue. In New York State, October 20, 2010, has been designated as the day to wear purple or display purple to show support for healthy violence free relationships.

Statistics on partner violence are shocking:

·        One in four women has been a victim of violence in an intimate partner relationship at some time in her life.
·        One in four teen girls in a relationship says she has been threatened with violence or experienced verbal abuse.
·        One in four teens in a relationship say they have been called names, harassed or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting.
·        In 2009 three teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed by their intimate partner in New York State.
Partner violence, usually seen as just a woman’s issue, also has male victims.

On October 20th wear purple and visit a multi-agency display at the Oakdale Mall to learn more about partner violence and to show your support of healthy violence free relationships in our community!   To find out more visit

10/18/2010 - 4:05pm