Manhattan Shines Light on Domestic Violence with Event in Times Square

Posted on: Monday, October 17, 2011

Keywords: Nathaniel Fields, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Horizon

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Manhattan Shines Light on Domestic Violence with Event in Times Square
Safe Horizon to participate in several events this month in the five boroughs

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) were joined on October 12, 2011 by a coalition of advocates, elected officials, non-profit leaders, and survivors to illuminate the signs of Times Square purple as a part of OPDV's statewide Shine the Light on Domestic Violence Campaign.

Nine major Times Square billboards, including ABC Supersign, American Eagle, Bank of America, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney, TSQ Digital, Nasdaq, Thomson Reuters and Walgreens were simultaneously lit up in purple to shine a light on an issue that impacts nearly one in four women in America. Also in Manhattan, the Con Edison Clock Tower turned purple and will shine as a beacon of domestic violence awareness through October 18th.

"The lights of Times Square will be lit purple to raise awareness about a problem that affects 25% of American women in one of the world's most visible places,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "Domestic violence is an issue that is too often dealt with behind closed doors – but tonight we're bringing it out into the open, to remove the shame and stigma.”

Nathaniel Fields, Senior Vice President of Domestic Violence Shelter and Hotline Programs at Safe Horizon, attended the event in which Safe Horizon was recognized for providing resources to victims of crime and abuse.

“Although we are only briefly illuminating these signs as a reminder of domestic violence for one night, let it be known that Safe Horizon understands that many people struggle through the perils of domestic violence each and every day throughout the year, and that is why we are always available 24 hours a day through our hotlines, to ensure we can assist those in need”, said Fields.

For more than 32 years, Safe Horizon has been moving victims of violence and abuse in New York City from crisis to confidence.  Safe Horizon runs the city’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline, and its nine shelters make them the largest provider of domestic violence services in the city.   By providing practical services like a new lock, safe shelter and food as well as supportive services like mental health counseling, legal advice, and court advocacy.

Fields also went on to explain, "Our goal at Safe Horizon is to partner with victims, educate them, and give them options. And if they're motivated to want to leave that relationship, then Safe Horizon will provide solutions that ensure their primary individual concerns for safety are met. Overall, Safe Horizon partners with each individual to think of ways to increase their safety."

In addition to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence in Times Square, Fields and other Safe Horizon employees will take part in other events including: several weekly seminars with the Office of the Queens Borough President, commemoration events at local college campuses across New York City, and a fashion show honoring survivors of domestic violence called “Sisters on the Runway”, with 100% of the proceeds going towards Safe Horizon’s domestic violence shelter programs. Tickets are $30 for students; $50 general; $100 VIP (includes priority seating and a gift bag). Find out more by visiting http://sistersontherunway.org/.
Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization and serves over 250,000 people each year who have been touched by violence.  Whether we are responding to child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault or other violent crimes, Safe Horizon provides the practical tools, emotional support, education and advocacy to help victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives.
For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, please visit us online at www.safehorizon.org.



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