Erie Co. Hall lights up in purple to raise awareness of domestic violence


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Hall will be raising awareness of Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October.

Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty Jr. says the building will be illuminated purple to “shine the light on domestic violence.”

“Erie County Hall is the place where many domestic violence survivors seek help and fight for justice against their abusers,” Flaherty said. “By bathing this grand building in the color purple, we are recognizing the struggle victims endure every day and show we are a beacon of hope, providing safety and security in their lives.”

This is the first time Erie County Hall will be lit this way.

In 2015, more than 5,700 domestic violence victims were reported in Erie County. Six domestic violence-related homicides have occurred in the county this year, as of Tuesday.

Those in Erie County seeking help can call (716) 858-4630. The 24-hour domestic violence hotline is (716) 862-4357 (HELP).

“It’s a wonderful idea to light County Hall in Purple during Domestic Violence Awareness month.  First and foremost, this act honors and supports the victims of Domestic Violence, while also bringing attention to the problem and illuminating the work being done county-wide by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence,“ Brian McLaughlin, Commissioner of Erie County Probation, said. “The Probation Department is pleased to join with the District Attorney’s office and our other partners in the coalition who work tirelessly to prevent Domestic Violence and support its victims year ‘round.”

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