Purple ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness month
By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer
You may see purple ribbons hanging around town because purple is the designated color for domestic violence, and October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
“Since we started Safe Passage in 1997, we have helped over 14,000 victims and their children of domestic violence,” said Jane Yorn, executive director and founder of Safe Passage, in a statement. “Unfortunately, the numbers continue to increase.”
Last year, Safe Passage helped 1,059 victims through either its shelter, non-residential programming or the tollfree helpline. Safe Passage is the sole provider of domestic and sexual victim support services in Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson counties.
“We see it in southeast Indiana, in the picturesque and quiet rural communities, which people often compare to Mayberry,” said Yorn. “Yet domestic violence does not discriminate by location, age, income, education or race.”
Domestic Violence Awareness month kicked off in Brookville on Sept. 22, with the Handbags 4 Hope purse auction which raised more than $7,000 for the nonprofit to better serve clients. At a Sept. 28 high school football game, purple ribbon stickers were passed out to attendees and other activities were done to bring awareness to the issue. Similar outreach activities were done at an Oct. 5 high school football game.
Quotes and messages from clients are gong to be posted regularly throughout the month of Oct. on the Safe Passage Facebook page. Local mayors of Batesville, Madison and Rising Sun are also issuing proclamations for Oct. as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Purple ribbons and banners have been placed around the six counties including the Laurel
Library and Third Place Restaurant. Safe Passage staff also distributed treats and awareness cards to law enforcement agencies and other agencies to thank them for partnering with them.
For more information about Safe Passage and domestic violence visit www.safepassageinc.org. Their tollfree help line is 877-733-1990 or 812-933-1990.