6th Annual "Turning the Falls Purple"

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM EDT

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6th Annual "Turning the Falls Purple"

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW/Release) - October 1st, Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge will be illuminated in purple to commemorate October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Child & Family Services' Haven House will host a press conference before the first lighting of Niagara Falls. Immediately following the press conference, the group will walk to Prospect Point to view the remarkable Falls bathed in purple lights.

A moment of silence will be observed to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Both the American and Canadian Falls will be lit in purple from 7:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M., 8:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. - 9:45 P.M. The Peace Bridge will be lit in purple from 8 P.M. until 1 A.M.

Child & Family Services will also be involved in other events to raise awareness about domestic violence throughout October.

On Wednesday, October 17th, agency staff will participate in "Go Violet to End Violence" by wearing purple in the workplace. "Go Violet to End Violence" is organized annually by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence.

Since 1979, Haven House, Erie County's only licensed domestic violence shelter, has answered more than 58,000 calls to its 24-hour emergency hotline and provided life-saving shelter to over 23,000 abused women and children. If you would like more information on Child and Family Services' Haven House visit: www.cfsbny.org.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available.

Please call the confidential, 24-hour hotline at (716) 884-6000 to speak with a trained counselor today.