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October 27, 2020

Montgomery County Organizations Light the Courthouse Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness


Norristown, PA - 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Among the myriad of problems caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the startling increase of domestic violence is one of the least reported yet most pervasive. Lockdowns, school closings, job loss, stress, and other factors have coalesced to create a surge in abuse and domestic violence over the past 7 months.

In an effort to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, the Montgomery Bar Association, in coordination with Montgomery County, lit the Montgomery County Court House purple during a unique virtual ceremony on Monday, October 26, 2020. MBA member and family law practitioner Joel B. Bernbaum, Esq. (Bernbaum Family Law in Bala Cynwyd, PA) helmed the ceremony, which included inspiring words from Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh and Montgomery County Family Court Judge Melissa S. Sterling - both of whom praised the work being done by our county's many community organizations to combat the problem of domestic violence and provide support for victims. Representatives from three of those organizations spoke during the ceremony: Maria Macaluso (The Women's Center of Montgomery County), Mary Onama (Victim Services of Montgomery County), and Beth Sturman (Laurel House).

Throughout the course of the evening, one thing was clear: Montgomery County offers a multitude of resources to provide help and support to victims of domestic violence and abuse. If you are a victim or know a victim of domestic violence - speak up before it's too late. Visit the county's Domestic Violence Legal Network for a directory of hotlines, resources, and information:


About the Montgomery Bar Association
Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,000 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the third largest Bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a longstanding tradition of service to its membership and the community.  For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a trusted legal resource, offering education, legal assistance and funds, and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit