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Show purple to help end domestic violence

One in four women and one in five teens in Arizona will experience domestic or dating violence in their lifetime.

In October, the city of Phoenix will “Paint Phoenix Purple” in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Phoenix is committed to becoming a national leader in preventing and responding to domestic violence.

Staff and volunteers with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will install purple lights on Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights that will bathe it in purple every night in October. In addition, the lights at the top of Phoenix City Hall will be changed to purple, as will lights at other areas around downtown.

Some city vehicles will sport “Paint Phoenix Purple” magnets, and city garbage trucks will feature themed banners on their sides.

Residents can show their support for the second-annual campaign with displays of purple. People can install a purple light bulb on their porch, wear purple clothing on Fridays, tie a purple ribbon on their car antennas, etc. Displaying purple throughout the community sends a strong message that there is no place for domestic violence in the workplace, homes, neighborhoods or schools.

The campaign is sponsored by the city of Phoenix, O’Connor House and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

For more information, visit www.paintphoenixpurple.org.

If you or someone you know is in need of victim services, call the city’s Family Advocacy Center at 602-534-2120 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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