By Joe Fancher, Ballston Journal

SARATOGA COUNTY—The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office turned their office purple this month to shed light on domestic violence.

This year, as with every October, the Saratoga District Attorney’s Office have guised their office in purple as a means of raising awareness for domestic violence. Purple has been the color chosen to spread awareness about the issue of domestic violence.

District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said “each year in October we are reminded that there is a continuing need throughout our community and our state to continue to shine a light on domestic violence.”

The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office have worked closely with victims of domestic violence in the county courts throughout the year. Attorneys in the domestic violence unit specialize in prosecuting domestic violence cases and work with the victims to achieve justice. Victim Specialists work with victims of domestic violence to help guide them through the criminal justice system.

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October as Saratoga County’s “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and urge the support and participation of the community in “ongoing programs designed for the reduction and eventual elimination of domestic violence.”

Heggen and other members of the District Attorney’s Office will collaborate with local domestic violence awareness and prevention programs including Wellspring and The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program.

The office will also be hosting a drive for personal care items for the month lasting through Friday, Oct. 27. The items needed from donors are bottles of shampoo, bars of soap, lotion, tampons, socks, winter gloves, emery boards, and hair clips. All items will be donated to Wellspring and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program of Mechanicville.

List of events you can participate in during the month: