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Mohawk Valley Community College is once again participating in the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign. For the month of October, the exterior lights on the Utica Campus’ Payne Hall and the lights illuminating the Rome Campus’ main sign are tinted purple in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In addition to this month-long recognition, on Oct. 16, MVCC’s Healthy Lifestyles Work-group will showcase a display of about 2,500 purple pinwheels in the shape of an awareness ribbon on the Utica Campus, with a smaller version on the Rome Campus. This display, along with signs around campus conveying domestic violence statistics and facts, is meant to increase awareness and educate students and visitors about the impact of domestic violence in our community. Students also pledged not to use their hands for violence as part of the “These Hands Don’t Hurt” campaign by putting their hand-prints in purple on a banner and signing it.

The Healthy Lifestyles Work-group is also promoting a sale of Domestic Violence Awareness carnations, wristbands, and ribbons, with proceeds benefiting the Mohawk Valley YWCA.

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