Domestic Violence Prevention Month

By Kelly McCarthy

October 13, 2012 Updated Oct 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County teams up for a statewide initiative, to shine the light on domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and encourages everyone to take the time to wear purple and spread awareness.

One in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.

"Every day for those of us working in it is domestic violence prevention day, and the month is really about just pausing and trying to say together to the community, hey, we're here," said SOS Shelter Executive Director, Rebecca Allerton.

The SOS shelter has served nearly 300 women and children last year.

"We can have a goal of someday having a press conference where not a single person in Broome County in a domestic situation was struck, was emotionally attacked, was killed," said Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen.

"Wear purple day" is October 17, asking everyone to put on something purple in honor of ending domestic violence.

"That's really what domestic violence is about, it's not about anger management. It's about an attempt to exert power and control over somebody. And that is simply wrong and won't be tolerated," said Allerton.