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Wear Purple on October 29 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic-ViolenceAccording to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in seven men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Stony Brook University invites faculty, staff, and students to wear purple on Wednesday, October 29, to show your commitment to ending all forms of relationship and dating violence. The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) at Stony Brook will host its annual “Take a Stand/Walk with Me” Domestic Violence Awareness event, with the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band kicking things off at 1 pm in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Plaza.

Following the march will be an Information Fair in the SAC Auditorium, with the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and community providers onsite. A Panel Discussion on Campus Sexual/Relationship Violence Policies and Resources will be held at 1:45 pm in the SAC Auditorium. EAP will also have information tables set up in the Stony Brook Medicine lobby (in front of the cafeteria) from 7 am to 3 pm, and at the Long Island State Veterans Home in the cafeteria. For more information about “Take a Stand/Walk with Me,” please call Christine Szaraz, Prevention and Outreach counselor, at (631) 632-1602.

CPO has made pdf signs of support (formatted to 11 x 17) that individuals, organizations and departments can personalize and put in their windows the day of the march. If people want to show support with a sign but don’t have offices along the route, CPO interns will collect them before October 29 and display them at the event. Please contact CPO’s Christine Szaraz for more information.

The University is committed to creating a healthy community and safe workplace. If you have a question or concern about domestic violence as an employee, please reach out to EAP at (631) 632-6085 or If you are a student, please contact CPO at (631) 632-2748.

For additional information on domestic violence, see the links below:

Center for Prevention and Outreach Website

Employee Assistance Program Website

Stony Brook University Domestic Violence Policy

In addition, community resources include:

The New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906, which provides information and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Locally, through its hotline, the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) provides telephone counseling, information, referrals and access to Emergency Room Companions and SANE Centers. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: (631) 360-3606 (TTC available for deaf and hearing-impaired clients) or email the hotline at

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