October 20, 2022
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that City Hall and a number of other municipal buildings will be lit purple tonight for the ninth annual “NYC Go Purple Day” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The lighting of city buildings will be done in coordination with other New York City sites across the five boroughs.
“Everyone deserves to be safe in their relationships and live a life free of domestic and gender-based violence,” said Mayor Adams. “I urge all New Yorkers to join me during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help spread awareness and to let survivors know they are never alone. Let’s spread help and hope together.”
"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month we recognize the immense and far-reaching impacts domestic, intimate-partner, and gender-based violence have on our community here in New York City and what we are doing to combat it," said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. "To every person or family touched by these issues, we stand with you, we elevate your voices, and we are here to support you."
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month highlights the city’s efforts to keep our community safe and free from violence,” said Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Commissioner Cecile Noel. “As Mayor Adams has said before, domestic and gender-based violence is a public health crisis, and we must take a coordinated, holistic approach to address the acute and unique needs of survivors. Our office works to implement this approach daily, and we are thrilled have the support of the Adams administration in developing and implementing new programs to interrupt cycles of violence and enhance support for survivors throughout the city. Join us this month and raise awareness of the dynamics and impacts of domestic violence by lifting up the stories and experiences of survivors and sharing vital information and resources.”
In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings and iconic New York City sites will be lit up purple tonight:
City Buildings Being Lit Up:
Iconic New York City Sites Scheduled to Be Lit Up:
Domestic violence occurs everywhere, among people of all races, cultures, religions, and income levels. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation. While domestic violence is considered one of the most under-reported crimes, in 2021 there were 260,084 domestic violence incident reports filed by the New York City Police Department — an average of 700 a day. In 2021, there were 93,735 calls to New York City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673), with 6,970 unique requests for shelters. The NYC Hope website — where survivors can access resources and information — had 50,100 visits, an average of almost 140 visits a day.
The Adams administration’s commitment to advancing the city’s responses to domestic and gender-based violence is supported with multiple innovative strategies and initiatives, including:
For more information on October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) campaign, visit the city’s official website .