On behalf of the Dignity Opportunity Voice Empowerment Project (DOVE), we want to thank Vashon businesses and organizations for participating in “Purple Lights Night,” a national campaign to show support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month was inaugurated in 1981 by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived and connect those who work to end this abuse.
In a world in which a survivor of violence is unfairly scrutinized and endlessly questioned, the small act of posting signs and hanging purple lights is a huge statement of solidarity.
To believe survivors does not mean any due process in criminal courts. It simply means that we believe that harm has happened. We meet that survivor with empathy, kindness and compassion.
This show of solidarity makes a real difference in the lives of survivors and makes our community safer and stronger.
DOVE provides free, confidential, and trauma-sensitive support services that promote the rights of survivors and prevent violence. If you or someone you know might need help, reach out to our DOVE Advocacy Line: 206-462-0911.
— Heidi Jackson, Executive Director of DOVE