October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, New York State celebrates the tenth anniversary of the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign by once again planning to turn the State purple to increase public awareness of domestic violence. To enhance awareness and show CSI’s support of ending domestic violence, we invite you to dress in purple on this year’s “Wear Purple Day,” which is Thursday, Oct. 19. A poster is available online that you may post in your office to help spread the word.

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV),  the College of Staten Island, and CUNY are committed to creating a safe work environment for all employees. If you have a question or concern about domestic violence, please contact any of the CSI OPDV Liaisons listed below, who have been specially trained to understand and respond to domestic violence issues:

Hope Berte – Chief of Staff/Deputy to the President & Executive Director, Human Resources – 718.982.2400 – hope.berte@csi.cuny.edu

Robert Yurman – Associate Director, Public Safety – 718.982.2114 – robert.yurman@csi.cuny.edu

Dr. Winnie Eng – Counselor, Counseling Center – 718.982.2738 – winnie.eng@csi.cuny.edu

In addition, you can contact the NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for additional information and assistance at 800.942.6906 (multi-language accessible). The National Relay Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing can be accessed by dialing 711.

You may also visit the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Website.

Thank you for your support in our fight to end domestic violence.