SUNY Plaza and 2 other iconic New York buildings will be lit purple during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to Governor Cuomo's Office the Governor Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany, as well as One World Trade Center in New York City, will also be lit purple to help build awareness for domestic violence. The buildings are all being lit as part of New York's 'Shine the Light on Domestic Violence' campaign. The Mid Hudson River Bridge will also be lit purple for the month.

Governor Cuomo said the lights "...symbolize domestic violence awareness...[and] serve as acknowledgment that we as New Yorkers will not be silent about this social pandemic.

You can also help build awareness for the state's 'Shine The Light' campaign by wearing purple on Thursday, October 20th.

Domestic Violence affects the lives of so many New Yorkers. According to the Governor's office, last year there were 54,000 victims just in New York state alone; that is a staggering number. Let's wear purple for those victims on the 20th, and also to maybe help those who have not reported their situation yet and are looking for the courage to do so!