Advocacy Center of Tompkins County

A Note from GreenStar: The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County is one of 10 local nonprofit organizations voted among GreenStar’s membership to be a 2022 Partner for Change. The Advocacy Center is GreenStar’s October 2022 featured Positive Change recipient. Read more about our Partners for Change program here.

This piece was submitted by The Advocacy Center:

The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County is so proud to be GreenStar’s Partner for Change this October! We are honored to have the opportunity to educate community members about our work. Our agency serves people who are experiencing or have experienced abuse, including domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. Our mission is to increase the safety and reduce the trauma of the people we serve. Our services are always free and are available to people who live, work, or go to school in Tompkins County. We aid people who have experienced abuse themselves, as well as those who need help supporting someone they know who has experienced abuse. The best way to access our services is to call our 24/7 hotline number, 607-277-5000. You do not need to be in active crisis to call the hotline.

October is meaningful for us because it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control).” People who engage in abusive behaviors continuously work to control the person they are abusing, using tactics like isolation and manipulation to make it very difficult for the person experiencing abuse to leave and find safety. It’s important to know that domestic violence does not always include physical violence. In fact, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse can be just as devastating to someone as physical abuse, and all types of abuse should be taken very seriously.

One way to confront domestic violence is to talk about it. It can be an uncomfortable topic, but it’s crucial to speak out against domestic violence and show survivors of abuse that we stand with them. By emphasizing that the abuse is not their fault, we can eliminate some of the shame and fear survivors of abuse may feel when asking for help and sharing their stories.

Each year during DVAM, people have the opportunity to speak out on “Purple Thursday.” The symbol for DVAM is a purple ribbon, so people across the country “go purple” on “Purple Thursday” to stand with those who have experienced domestic violence. We urge you to wear purple clothes and accessories on Thursday, October 20, 2022, to show your compassion and support for survivors of abuse. Collective action is so powerful, so we also encourage you to tell your family members, your neighbors, your workplace, your place of worship, or your community organization to join you in going purple. Share why you have decided to go purple to start an essential conversation amongst your friends, colleagues, and loved ones. We’d love to see your group join in to create a wave of purple around the world! Take a picture and send it to info@actompkins.org if you’d like us to share your purple outfits on our social media (@AdvocacyTC).

Throughout the month of October, GreenStar shoppers can choose to make a donation right at the cash register to support our services. We also greatly appreciate community members who sign up for our monthly donor program, “ChangeMakers”: https://www.actompkins.org/support-our-work/changemakers.