Local leaders hand out domestic violence awareness flyers

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In honor of Wear Purple Day, local council members and their staff handed out pamphlets with information about where domestic violence victims can get help at subway stations across the city on Thursday.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

The coalition also says the domestic violence hotline receives about 21,000 calls a day.

"We need to be able to sort of come out into the light so that people can see there are people and places to go to get the assistance that they need," Monica Abend, from the office of Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo says. "Often, people are hurting in silence and we want to let people know that there's a strong support here in New York City."

Officials were also handing out flyers about how to be an upstander, or someone who speaks up if they see an act of violence happening.

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