BY CARTER GRIFFIN, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – You may have noticed people in the Syracuse community wearing purple on Thursday. People are doing so to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence.
This year is the seventh annual observance of Purple Thursday.
“We are hoping that when people see all the purple in the community, that they might ask, hey what is going on? Why are people wearing this color today, and these questions might spark conversation and awareness,” said Chris Benton, director of communications at Vera House.
Vera House is a non-profit that provides resources to domestic violence survivors, and the organization served over 1500 victims in 2018. Benton said that domestic violence does not discriminate.
“It does not matter if you are a man or a woman… or what gender you identify as. Domestic violence affects everyone,” said Benton.
If you would like to connect with Vera House for services, call the 24-hour crisis and support line.
The number is 315.468.3260.