October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the week of October 20th is “Shine the Light” on Domestic Violence week. To raise awareness around domestic violence, we can “Shine the Light” on the issue, and bring it out of the darkness. Buildings around the state will be lit-up purple all week as part of the campaign.
All this week, the City of Newark Municipal Building and Police Department will be covered with purple light to help bring awareness to this important cause.
Purple is the color chosen to represent the fight against domestic violence. The goal of the lights is to get everyone talking about “purple” as a way to discuss domestic violence, and to let victims know they’re not alone and that resources are available to them.
This Thursday, October 24th, is “wear purple” day to connect individuals across the country and to raise awareness about domestic violence.
In Delaware, domestic violence victims can contact the 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (302) 762-6110 or go to www.childinc.com.
The National domestic violence hotline, with a chat option, can be reached at 1-800-799-7233 or www.Thehotline.org.
The Newark Police Department Victim Services Coordinator, Ms. Melissa Pennachi, can be reached at (302) 366-7100 x. 3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Delaware students who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can reach the University of Delaware Sexual Offense Support advocate line at (302) 831-1001 option 1.