Cayuga County Turning Purple For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Cayuga County is participating in the statewide "Shine The Light on Domestic Violence" campaign. Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency (C/SCAA) in conjunction with the Cayuga County Coalition Against Domestic Violence have worked to turn downtown Auburn purple. Domestic Violence Program Educator Jennie Huling explains what purple signifies.



If you're driving down Genesee Street in Auburn, you may notice a purple line and wonder what it stands for. The line was placed during the "Kickoff to Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event" last Sunday. Huling says its a unique way to bring attention to domestic violence.


You can show your support for victims by participating in the 3rd annual "Wear Purple Day Event," October 17th. Huling says everyone is encouraged to wear purple and meet at Market Street Park in Auburn at noon.

A balloon release will conclude the event. 


Huling says there are plenty of ways to participate, like getting your own strand of purple lights.

Purple kits, bracelets and ribbons can be bought from the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Proceeds will help provide services to victims of domestic violence in Cayuga County.


Huling says the Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency's Domestic Violence Intervention Program does notice spikes in calls, especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

If you or a family member is a victim of Domestic Violence call the 24-hour hotline, 1-800-253-3358, to speak with an advocate and see how the program can assist you.

For more information on C/SCAA, visit

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