Times Square Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 2
Posted on: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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 was joined by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., Commissioner Yolanda Jimenez from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and senior officials from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), as well as noted activist Eve Ensler, on October 2, 2012 by a coalition of advocates, 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.
Five major Times Square billboards, including ABC Supersign, JVC, Nasdaq, Thomson Reuters and SL Green and the Military Recruitment station on Military Island 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 event came on the heels of a new report released by Borough President Stringer and Sakhi for South Asian Women on economic abuse. While currently unrecognized in State or City law as a form of domestic violence, economic abuse can take on many forms, from racking up debt in a victim's name, to stealing personal documents and belongings, to preventing a victim from gaining financial literacy or employment.
"When the billboards of Times Square are illuminated with the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it will shine a light on an issue that impacts one out of every four women in their lifetime," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "Intimate partner violence may occur behind closed doors, but it's happening all around us. Tonight's event shows that New Yorkers are standing unified in the fight to end domestic violence, one billboard at a time.”
Michael Polenberg, Vice President of Government Affairs at Safe Horizon, joined several of his colleagues at the event in which Safe Horizon was recognized for providing resources to victims of crime and abuse.
“Safe Horizon understands how domestic violence adversely impacts the lives of thousands of New Yorkers each and every day. It’s important for the public to know that we are always available through our 24-hour hotlines and our many community-based programs to assist individuals and families in crisis,” said Polenberg.
Polenberg also went on to explain, "By providing practical services like a new lock and safe shelter, as well as supportive services like trauma-focused mental health counseling, expert legal advice, and effective court advocacy, Safe Horizon partners with victims across the five boroughs to chart new paths to safety."
For more than 30 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 it the largest provider of domestic violence services in New York City.
In addition to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence in Times Square, Polenberg and other Safe Horizon employees will take part in other events including weekly seminars, client events, and commemoration events at local college campuses across New York City.
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.