October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
'Purple Night Lights'.
We are rolling out the ‘Purple Night Lights’ campaign on the coast this year as a pilot program. Partnering with local businesses, agencies, and law enforcement, the campaign will ’shine a light’ on a challenging topic and show that domestic violence has no place in our community. Purple is the nationally recognized color of the domestic violence movement and by lighting windows throughout the month of October with purple lights, participants ‘honor those lost, support those who have survived, and give hope to those still in domestic violence situations’.
Started in the state of Washington by the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force, the idea is simple. Either pick up a string of purple lights from Project Sanctuary in Fort Bragg, or if you're not in the Fort Bragg area and want to particpate, purchase your own lights, and put them in a window for the month of October with one of the ‘purple night lights’ signs. As luck would have it, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is also the same month as Halloween so purple string lights are widely available. Black lights, the kind that folks used to use to light up posters in the 70’s work really well too.
We will also be posting a series of articles focused on DV each day during the month of October on our FaceBook page here.