Many of Putnam County’s employees wore purple colored clothing to work on Monday, Oct. 27 and at 1 p.m., County Executive MaryEllen Odell and others participated in a photograph with Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth to show their support for the WRC’s initiatives to end domestic violence. Each October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the WRC and People Against Domestic Violence (PADV) hold a Candlelight Vigil on the Historic County Courthouse steps to draw attention to the on-going problems arising from domestic violence. The vigil was held at 6 p.m.
“Wearing purple and standing outside on the courthouse steps during the day and then again in the evening draws attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “But Ann Ellsworth’s work and that of her staff at the Women’s Resource Center is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”
“We can only make strides against domestic violence when the silence is broken,” said Ellsworth. “I am grateful for the support that MaryEllen and the County employees always show for our efforts. It is always the right time to stand up and get the word out about domestic violence.”
Photo caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell (left) joined Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth (center) and Sheriff Donald B. Smith (right) on the Historic County Courthouse steps where County employees had gathered. Monday was Wear Purple to Work Day at the County to show support for putting an end to domestic violence.