October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Community invited to display purple lights as part of “Love in a New Light” campaign
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month; a time to celebrate survivors, honor those who have died, raise awareness, and confirm our commitment to preventing intimate partner violence in our community.
To honor local victims of domestic violence in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, The Center for Women and Families (The Center) and Louisville Metro Office for Women (OFW) are partnering with local businesses and well-known landmarks in the area to help show “Love in a New Light”. Workplaces, residences, and other spaces are invited to display purple lights and hang purple hearts on doors and windows during October.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. And according to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes.
Locally, LMPD's Victim Services Unit has provided support and advocacy services to 2,623 victims of domestic violence since its inception in 2016. The VSU supports crime victims and witnesses by helping them navigate the criminal justice system and by responding to their emotional, physical, and financial needs.
"Because domestic violence affects every part of our community, it requires a community response”, said Tina Ward-Pugh, director of the Office for Women, part of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. “The Love in a New Light campaign provides individuals and businesses an easy way to raise awareness and bring hope to survivors. You can become an #EverydayAdvocate by supporting The Center for Women and Families, participating in events, and sharing information."
If you or someone you know is involved in a violent situation, please call 911 or the Louisville Metro Police Department anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD (5673). Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can also seek help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through a toll-free crisis line: 1-844-BESAFE1 (237-2331). This number is staffed with certified domestic violence counselors trained to offer crisis counseling, support, referrals and other information about domestic violence.
Other ways to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month include following and sharing social media events posted by The Center (Facebook, and Twitter @TheCenterOnline) and OFW (Facebook @OFWLouisville), and by participating in the Everyday Advocate Virtual Luncheon on Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. by registering here. For more information, visit https://www.thecenteronline.org/ or https://louisvilleky.gov/government/office-women.