On Friday, Senator Fred Akshar joined the Crime Victims Assistance Center, the YWCA and Rise-NY to kick-off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and “Paint the Town Purple” at the Peacemaker Stage as part of October's First Friday in downtown Binghamton.
Paint the Town Purple is a national campaign to raise awareness of and prevent domestic violence. Attendees enjoyed music, performances, painting stations and more.
Akshar was also on hand to announce over $82,000 in state funding for local domestic violence services.
The funding includes:
$12,143 for A New Hope Center to provide domestic violence services to the community through shelter and support.
$15,000 for Rise-NY to provide civil/criminal domestic violence legal services to domestic violence victims as well as including shelter, counseling and education.
$20,000 for YWCA to provide domestic violence services to the community, including shelter and counseling.
$35,000 Crime Victims Assistance Center to provide civil/criminal domestic violence legal services to domestic violence victims along with education and awareness.
“Our local organizations are comprised of dedicated people doing incredibly important work for our community and for victims of domestic violence,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “This cause has a profound impact on me because before I was a Senator I worked in law enforcement and I saw first-hand the devastating effects of domestic violence on children and families. I'm happy to advocate for these organizations and continue to fight for funding to help victims of domestic violence.”