Thu, Oct 19|
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Purple Thursday
National Wear Purple Day
Time & Location
Oct 19, 2023, 12:00 AM – Oct 20, 2023, 12:00 AM
About the Event
You may or may not know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a designated time for communities and organizations nationwide to raise awareness about signs of abuse, lift up the stories of survivors and advocate for policy changes.
Domestic violence is pervasive in the U.S., with the National Institutes of Health calling it a "social and public health crisis, crossing lines of class, race, ethnicity and sexuality." It has also proven to have intensified during the pandemic. On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
We encouraged people to come together all month to raise awareness about domestic violence and work to end it. One of those campaigns is called Purple Thursday, which falls on Oct. 19 and urges people to flood social media with pictures of themselves wearing purple.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, use a safe computer and contact help. That can include a local shelter, or call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.