October 19, 2023
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that City Hall and a number of other municipal buildings and iconic sites across the city will be lit purple tonight for the 10th annual “NYC Go Purple Day,” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The lighting of buildings across the five boroughs will raise awareness and underscore the Adams administration’s commitment to supporting survivors of domestic violence, their families, and communities.
“Our administration is addressing domestic and gender-based violence through prevention and intervention efforts across city agencies,” said Mayor Adams. “An integral part of our efforts involves spreading awareness of domestic violence and the resources available to survivors throughout the five boroughs. I invite all New Yorkers to join me during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and let survivors know they are never alone.”
“I urge all New Yorkers to join us during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and learn more about the far-reaching effects of domestic, intimate-partner, and gender-based violence,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “Join the city’s annual campaign and help survivors and their families connect to our comprehensive network of resources to navigate closer to safety and healing.”
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to shine a bright light on the often-overlooked public health crisis of domestic and gender-based violence,” said Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) Commissioner Cecile Noel. “Our office takes a coordinated, holistic approach to addressing the needs of survivors and interrupting cycles of violence throughout the city. We are grateful for the support across the Adams administration and the ongoing partnerships with community-based organizations in the anti-violence space, without whom we could not do this work. Join us as we raise awareness of the dynamics and impacts of domestic violence, lift up the stories and experiences of survivors, and share vital information and resources to help keep survivors safe and free from violence.”
In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings and iconic New York City sites will be lit up purple tonight at sundown:
City Buildings Being Lit Up:
Iconic New York City Sites Being Lit Up:
While domestic violence is considered one of the most under-reported crimes, there were 272,484 domestic violence incident reports filed by the New York City Police Department in 2022 — an average of 747 a day. In the same year, there were 85,458 calls to New York City’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673), with 7,648 unique requests for shelter. The NYC Hope website of survivor resources had 101,000 visits — an average of almost 277 visits a day — with 54,300 new visitors.
The Adams administration’s commitment to advancing the city’s response to domestic and gender-based violence is supported with multiple innovative strategies and initiatives including: