Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equinox to Particpate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Equinox Partners with ACCADA for “These Hands are Made for…” Campaign

Equinox, the home of Albany County’s only comprehensive program for survivors of domestic violence and their children, is partnering with Albany County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (ACCADA) for its “These Hands Aren’t Made for Hurting.  These Hands are Made for…” Campaign.

During October—Domestic Violence Awareness Month—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.

“Domestic violence happens in all parts of our community – regardless of socioeconomic level, ethnicity, age, religion, or sexual orientation,” said Kathy Magee, Director of Domestic Violence Services. “October give us an opportunity to shine a light on this insidious abuse, and encourage everyone to support efforts that help victims escape their abusers and take control of their lives.”

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 3 – First Friday Domestic Violence Resource Table. Equinox is partnering with In Our Own Voices from 5:00-9:00 pm on Lark Street in Albany to kick off “These Hands” Campaign.

October 7 – Equinox Paint Nite Fundraiser6:00-8:00 pm, Portofino’s Restaurant, 831 New Loudon Road, Latham (north of Latham Circle); $45 per person; advance ticket purchase required through www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/albany/845432

October 15 – B’yond Style Hair Studio, 573 New Scotland Ave., Albany, will be selling purple hair extensions for $10 to raise money for DVAM.

October 16 – Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil, 7:00 pm, Albany Law School

October 25 – 1st Annual Albany Police Department 5K Run/Walk for DV Awareness, 11:00 am race start at Jennings Landing, 1 Quay Street, Albany; register on-line at www.zippyreg.com   

Visit facebook.com/EquinoxAlbany for DVAM events and weekly information, such as: What You Can Do to Help, Prevention, Holiday Stress, and more.

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