New York Governor Cuomo Orders State Landmarks Lit Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Governor Cuomo Orders State Landmarks Lit Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that properties and landmarks across New York State will be illuminated purple this evening to mark “Wear Purple Day,” a national initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence.  The Gov. Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, home to the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, also has been illuminated all week for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“With this action, we shine a light on the plague of domestic violence in a show of support for survivors and their families,” Governor Cuomo said.  “The unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the sense of isolation faced by survivors, but New York will continue the fight to bring domestic abusers to justice and protect the most vulnerable among us.”

Governor Cuomo directed numerous state properties and landmarks be illuminated in purple tonight to mark “Wear Purple Day” and raise awareness across New York State. Those locations include:

  • One World Trade Center;
  • The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge;
  • Kosciuszko Bridge;
  • Alfred E. Smith Building;
  • H. Carl McCall SUNY Building;
  • State Education Building;
  • State Fairgrounds Main Gate & Expo Center;
  • Niagara Falls;
  • Mid-Hudson Bridge;
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct; and
  • Albany International Airport Gateway

“Domestic violence has been a personal issue for me, with my mother being an advocate for victims and creating a transitional home for survivors – long before it was discussed and addressed publicly,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochulsaid.  “We have made great strides since then, but there is still much work to be done to help ensure that victims are protected, survivors are supported, and families have the resources they need to live safe, peaceful and healthy lives.  I am proud to help put the spotlight on this issue as part of our efforts in leading the way and making New York State a safer, better place for our residents and families.”

“In New York, we are proud to stand tall in the fight to increase awareness of domestic violence, while also taking the actions necessary to ensure that victims, survivors and families receive the support they need to break free from abuse and rebuild their lives,” Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls Melissa DeRosa said, “New York State had already begun to overhaul domestic violence services for a more survivor-centered approach that recognizes each individual’s needs are different, and services should be flexible to meet victims and survivors where they stand.  The COVID-19 pandemic made it even clearer how important it is to reimagine and modernize the approaches used to help survivors and their families.  As a result, we have cut red tape and are creating new systems to ensure long-term, effective results.”

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