Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

Child & Family Services’ Haven House participated in avariety of agency and community-wide events that helped shine a light on theissue of intimate partner violence during October, which is National DomesticViolence Awareness Month. 

On October 1st, Haven House hosted the 6thannual lighting of the falls press conference at the Orin Lehman VisitorsCenter in Niagara Falls, NY.  Throughoutthe night, the American and Canadian Falls were illuminated in a brilliantpurple, the color of domestic violence awareness.  The Peace Bridge was also lit in purple tohonor all domestic violence survivors.

Child & Family Services participated in “Go Violet toEnd Violence” on October 17th, an awareness-raising event organizedby the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence.   Employees wore purple clothes, accessoriesand decorated their offices to help spark conversations and highlight the issueof domestic violence in the workplace.

On that same day, businesses along Delaware Avenue competedin a lawn decorating contest to compliment “Go Violet to End Violence.”  Child & Family Services’ Eugene Meeks AdministrationCenter at 330 Delaware Avenue was adorned with purple accents and hand-madedecorations, including “My Story Dolls” and “Pinwheels for Peace,” which werecreated by women and children at Haven House as part of the Art EmpowermentProgram.  Youth at Conners Children’sCenter, the agency’s Residential Treatment Program got involved in the contestby creating purple decorations featuring facts about domestic violence anddisplayed them outside the Center.

If you or someone you know is being abused, help is available 24- hours aday.  Call the 24-hour, confidentialhotline: (716) 884-6000.

Didyou know that Haven House is Erie County’s only licensed domestic violenceshelter?  To learn how you can supportHaven House, please CLICK HERE.