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Pull Out Your Purple to Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

PHOTO: Purple ribbons such as the ones on display at the YWCA of Kalamazoo are one way to show support for the victims of domestic violence.
PHOTO: Purple ribbons such as the ones on display at the YWCA of Kalamazoo are one way to show support for the victims of domestic violence.
October 17, 2013

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Every year, domestic violence rips apart the lives of countless Michiganders, which is why the YWCA is one of many organizations working to stop the violence and raise awareness of the victims and survivors this month.

So if you're ready to take a stand against domestic violence, pull out your purple on Friday as part of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Day of Purple is just one of many events taking place this month across Michigan in an effort to get the word out about the services available for the survivors of domestic violence.

Misty Moon-Larthridge, director of the Domestic Assault Program for YWCA of Kalamazoo, says in addition to a 24-hour crisis hotline, there are many resources to help those who have suffered begin to put their lives back together.

"We also have a shelter where survivors can stay up to five weeks with their children,” she says. “We also have free counseling. We have advocacy services, several housing programs, parenting programs."

Women facing domestic violence in the Kalamazoo area can call the YWCA's 24-hour crisis hotline to take the first step toward a better life at 269-385-3587.

Moon-Larthridge says she hopes that in bringing the topic of domestic violence to light with events such as the Day of Purple, it will begin to shift the conversation surrounding the issue.

She says it's critical to remember that domestic violence, which can be physical, emotional, verbal or even financial, comes down to control, and that more attention needs to be focused on the perpetrators.

"No one ever asks the question why does someone that says that they love a person hurt a person,” she says. “And why would they hurt a person in that way?"

In addition to the Day of Purple, the YWCA has held candlelight vigils and purple ribbon campaigns, with more events planned in communities across the state this month.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI