Throughout the month of October, local businesses and organizations will add a purple glow to the night sky as one of many ways to call attention to the issue of domestic violence.

The purple light show is part of a month-long, community-wide observation of Domestic Violence Awareness month, according to Ellie Hutchinson, community educator with New Hope for Women, and can be seen at several locations including the Belfast Police Department and the First Church in Belfast.

New Hope has also released its schedule for the annual memorial displays known as “An Empty Place at the Table,” which are intended to honor Maine women who were killed by their domestic partners. The memorial includes a dining table that is surrounded by empty chairs, and each place is set with tableware and personal belongings that were donated by families of the victims.

Those remembered at the table have traditionally included: Kimberly Sue Palmer, of Camden; Candace Butler, who was originally of Bristol; Lori Trahan Cantwell. of Rockport; and Brenda Gray-Knost, of Swanville. A fifth place honors all victims of domestic violence who remain unknown but are not forgotten. New to the memorial in 2010 was a high chair contributed by relatives of Ava Renae Gushee of Rockland, who was 9 weeks old when she died in August 2008. Ava’s place setting included a pastel-colored placemat with her name lovingly written at the top center. A photograph of the infant graced the place setting, and a frilly headband with a bow lay over the frame.

The memorial is intended to serve as a powerful reminder that the losses of these women left a void not only in the lives of their families, but in the communities in which they lived.

“An Empty Place at the Table” will be at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at the Rockland Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, the display will be at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will wrap up its midcoast tour at the Belfast Free Library Thursday, Oct. 27 beginning at 9 a.m.

According to the release from New Hope, the Belfast exhibit will include a showing of the film “Telling Amy’s Story” at the library at 6:30 p.m., with a community forum to follow. “Telling Amy’s Story,” according to a Facebook page dedicated to the film, follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that took place in November of 2001.

Hosted by actress Mariska Hargitay, “Telling Amy’s Story” includes commentary from the victim’s parents, co-workers, law enforcement officers and court personnel, all of whom share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death.

The film, directed by Joe Myers as a public service media project for Penn State Public Broadcasting, has been shown on public broadcasting stations throughout the country since June 2010.

“While we will never be able to change the ending to Amy’s story, we hope that its telling can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence everyday,” states the film’s website.