Sept. 30, 2013
Beginning Oct. 1 and throughout the month, the city of Phoenix will ‘Paint Phoenix Purple’ in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Because the city is committed to becoming a national leader in preventing and responding to domestic violence, city departments will help raise awareness about the need to end domestic violence. Some examples include:
- Installing purple lights on Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
- Turning the lights purple at the top of Phoenix City Hall
- Making the lighting crystals purple on Third Street between Washington and Monroe streets at the Convention Center
- Installing purple lights on trees along Washington Street in downtown Phoenix
- Painting a section of the street purple on First Street between Adams and Monroe streets
- Installing ‘Paint Phoenix Purple’ posters on 30 city of Phoenix garbage trucks
- Placing ‘Paint Phoenix Purple’ magnets on some city vehicles including fleets from Streets, Human Services, Neighborhood Services, Water, Police and Fire departments
- Airing a one-hour special program on PHX11 about domestic violence
“I hope this display of purple during October serves as a reminder that stopping domestic violence is a priority for our community,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “We must be vigilant about maintaining the effort year-round by continuing to invest real resources to fight domestic violence, including better training for police officers allowing them to detect signs of abuse when responding to calls.”
Residents also can show their support for this first-ever 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.
"Domestic violence impacts us all because it may be happening to our friends, family members and coworkers," said Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela, chairman of the City Council Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee. "I am pleased to be one voice of many during this year's 'Paint Phoenix Purple' campaign, bringing this issue into the light as we continue to create communitywide solutions to end the cycle of violence."
Together, the community can raise awareness about domestic violence and its impact on families. Statistics show that one in four women and one in five teens in Arizona will experience domestic or dating violence in their lifetime.
The Paint Phoenix Purple campaign is sponsored by the city of Phoenix, O’Connor House and the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
For more information about the Paint Phoenix Purple campaign, visit 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.