October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Women Aware of Middlesex County is encouraging residents and municipalities to take part in its new awareness program, Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.
Shine the Light is a countywide initiative that encourages residents and local officials to replace white light bulbs with purple colored ones or display purple string lights to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month as a way to bring attention to this devastating problem and to show support to those who have suffered its effects.
On Friday, Oct. 7, Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, on behalf of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, presented Phyllis Adams, the Executive Director of Women Aware, with a resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Middlesex County and lending support to the Shine the Light on Domestic Violence program.
Freeholder Rios also is asking the mayors and law enforcement agencies in Middlesex County to show their support by displaying purple lights in public buildings throughout the month of October to illuminate the fact that domestic violence has no place in Middlesex County.
“No one should have to live in fear,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, Chair of the County’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “And no one should have to suffer in silence. Middlesex County is lucky to have an organization like Women Aware to be the voice of those suffering domestic abuse and lend help when it is needed.”
“It’s very likely that someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence,” said Phyllis Adams, the Executive Director of Women Aware. “Domestic Violence affects everyone- women, men and children and damages our whole society. Take a stand for your neighbors, your family and yourself and shine the purple light on domestic violence.”
“In coming together as a community, we can make Middlesex County stronger,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I applaud and support the efforts of Women Aware and encourage residents throughout the County to join the effort to Shine a Light on Domestic Violence.”