New York believes victims of domestic violence should not have to suffer alone, in the dark. So this month, the state is shining a light on the homegrown terror that is often unheard.

Cayuga County — Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency in conjunction with the Cayuga County Coalition Against Domestic Violence — is joining "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence," a statewide campaign dedicated to raise awareness about domestic violence.

To give people frequenting Auburn a visual reminder of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the city has been colored purple — ranging from a purple stripe painted down West Genesee Street and purple Christmas lights coiled around street lights.

Along with encouraging residents to wear purple ribbons and businesses to adorn their shop windows with purple decorations, the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency will hold its third annual "Wear Purple Day Event" at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Auburn's Market Street Park. During the 15-minute-long event — where participants are encouraged to wear purple — the local impact of domestic violence will be discussed.

Victims or witnesses of domestic violence are encouraged to call the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program 24-hour hotline at (800) 253-3358.

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