Wear Purple Day

People gather with purple balloons during the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Wear Purple Day event at the Cayuga County Courthouse in Auburn in 2017.

The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency is coordinating several activities during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The agency is selling custom shirts and baseball hats to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence services in Cayuga County, and will distribute the items at Wear Purple Day on Oct. 18. The agency's staff will also partner with the Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Club to plant purple pinwheels on the front lawn of the college on Oct. 1 to raise awareness, as purple signifies courage, persistence, honor and a commitment to ending domestic violence.

The agency will also hold a two-day Domestic Violence Awareness Training Oct. 16 and 17 at the Springside Inn in Fleming for criminal justice partners, service providers and the public. Training will be provided by Lundy Bancroft, a national expert on domestic violence with more than 25 years of experience in the fields of abuse, trauma and recovery. Registration is due Oct. 5 and available at cscaa.com/dvtrainingregistration2018.pdf.

The agency will host the ninth annual National Wear Purple Day Rally at noon Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Cayuga County Courthouse, 152 Genesee St., Auburn. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple. There will be remarks about the impact of domestic violence on the community.

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Also in October, the agency's Domestic Violence Services staff will present to students and teachers about the subject and the services available. Health care providers will receive informational packets as well. The staff will also offer "In Her Shoes," a simulation in which participants walk the path of a victim of domestic violence and experience its complex and dynamic nature.

And throughout the month, purple lights will shine in downtown Auburn. The bell tower at Memorial City Hall will be lit in purple to raise awareness of the issue.

For more information, or to participate in the month's activities, call (315) 255-1703 ext. 143 or visit cscaa.com.

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