Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be observed in Westport during October.

The observance will get official recognition when a proclamation is issued during a brief ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Thursday on the front steps of Town Hall by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. The public is invited.

Purple ribbons will be tied to trees at Town Hall and on posts along Main Street and around town to raise awareness about domestic violence. The ribbons, which will be affixed by the Westport Young Woman's Club and the Westport Woman's Club, signify the reported domestic violence incidents in town in 2009.

"It is the aim during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Westport to urge citizens to work together to eliminate domestic violence in our community," Elizabeth Juviler, the town's Domestic Violence Task Force chairman, said in a statement.

After the event, members of the task force and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center will distribute literature and videos at the farmer's market on Imperial Avenue.

Police officers are expected to hand out informational cards on domestic violence to commuters that morning at the local railroad stations, said Juviler.

In addition, the representatives of the crisis center will speak to Westport organizations throughout the month to continue to educate and raise awareness.

The Westport Public Library will host author Allan Johnson to discuss his novel, "The First and the Last," a story about healing and redemption after domestic violence. The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the McManus Room.