NYS locations to be illuminated purple for awareness of domestic violence

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Properties and landmarks across New York State will be illuminated purple Thursday evening to mark "Wear Purple Day," a national initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence.

"With this action, we shine a light on the plague of domestic violence in a show of support for survivors and their families," Governor Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying in an official press release.

"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," he added.

Primary locations to be illuminated purple 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, according to a government order.

According to official figures, Domestic Violence hotlines in New York State received more than 320,000 contacts in 2019. New York State provided residential services to nearly 12,800 adults and children fleeing domestic violence and provided non-residential services to more than 40,000 people last year.

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