Events to raise awareness about domestic violence

V eterans Park will be lighted up in purple for a few weeks in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Through Oct. 28, the park’s gazebo will shine purple to participate in New York State’s Shine the Light on Domestic Violence, or Turn the State Purple, initiative.

“New York State is trying to heighten awareness by bringing domestic violence issues out of darkness,” said village police benevolence association officials. The Granville Police Department Domestic Violence Intervention Unit has planned several events to keep with this goal.

Wednesday was wear purple day in support of domestic violence awareness; groups of employees, civic groups, students and families were asked to wear purple and submit any relevant photos they had.

The initiative ends on the department’s annual Racing to Stop Domestic Violence spaghetti dinner at Bernardo’s on Monday, Oct. 28. There will be services from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., and the first 10 attendees at the 4:30 sitting will receive free dessert.

The price for the dinner is $5 to eat in and $6 for takeout, and tickets will be available at the door or by emailing sherylallen55@gmail.com.

During the meal, the Racing to Stop Domestic Violence race car will be on view at the restaurant, along with the driver, Frank Hoard III.

Following the dinner, there will be a candlelight vigil in Veteran’s Park at 7 p.m. to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and teen-dating violence. Mayor Brian LaRose will welcome anyone participating, and all are welcome to attend.

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