National Domestic Violence Awareness Month events

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Equinox and the Albany County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse are partnering up for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October.


During October, purple paper hands will be available at various locations throughout Albany County, including Equinox, In Our Own Voices, recreation centers, libraries and participating businesses, for people to take and write a non-violent activity that their hands are made for, such as: These hands are made for helping; These hands are made for gardening; These hands are made for cooking.

The purple hands will be displayed throughout the community to help raise awareness. The color purple is linked to domestic violence advocacy.


Equinox offices will be decorated in purple. Staff, along with the general public, is encouraged to wear purple on Wednesdays throughout the month, and participate in awareness activities, such as:

October 1 Community Education Presentation. “Domestic Violence… It’s Not Just Broken Bones” Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet 6:00 pm. Free to public.

October 8Albany Law School Candlelight Vigil. The Women’s Law Caucus of Albany Law School invites the community to attend. Albany Law School, East Foyer, 7:00 pm.

October 14 Film Screening, “The Mask You Live In”, a film about masculine gender roles, hosted by UAlbany, 5:00 pm; refreshments provided and interactive panel discussion. Page Hall Theater, free to public.

October 17 – 2nd Annual Albany Police Department 5K Run/Walk for DV Awareness, 11:00 am race start at Jennings Landing, Albany; register on-line at

October 21Statewide Wear Purple Day


Throughout the Month: Visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kiosk in Colonie Center; Join our “Purple Hands” Campaign; and get purple hair extensions for $10 at B’Yond Style, 573 New Scotland Ave, proceeds benefitting Equinox and awareness efforts through the Albany County Coalition against Domestic Abuse.


Visit for DVAM events and weekly information. For more information about these events or “These Hands” campaign, contact Annette Esposito at 518-434-6135 or

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