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Employee Assistance Program

Shine a Light on Domestic Violence



October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State and the entire nation. Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. According to national statistics, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

When it comes to Domestic Violence, it is important to remember that you are not alone and help is available. Being aware of the problem is the first step to doing something about it. It's likely that someone you know has been, or will be, a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects all of us – women, men, and children. Take a stand against domestic violence.

The New York State Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) has been turning the State purple since 2008, to shine the light on domestic violence. The campaign connects communities across New York by turning state buildings and offices purple during the month of October. We encourage SUNY Downstate employees and students to wear purple and join EAP for a group photo on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12pm in the Atrium.

To raise Domestic Violence Awareness, a series of events will be taking place on the SUNY Downstate Campus, hosted by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 - "Wear Purple to Work Day". A group picture will be taken at 12:00pm in the Atrium.

We hope that the SUNY Downstate community can help spread the word.

If you or someone you know needs help, the following resources are available:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): (718) 270-1489
Pastoral Care: (718) 270-6105
Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline: (800) 942-6902


Thank you.

Magda Alliancin, EdD
Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Office of Diversity & Inclusion


2017 Photos