Coon Rapids Police will shine a light on domestic violence in our community by displaying purple lights outside the City Center campus during the month of October. The police department building and city hall will light up in purple (the symbolic color of domestic violence) throughout National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as part of the "Purple Light Nights" campaign. Residents, businesses, and organizations are also invited to shine a purple light bulb on their front porch, front window, or other public display in October to remember the victims and honor the survivors of domestic violence. The "Purple Light Nights" campaign is the inspiration of the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force in King County, Washington. The initiative has turned into a national campaign to increase the awareness of domestic violence issues and its affect upon children and families, and to provide education on building healthy relationships.
The Purple Lights Campaign is recognized by Alexandra House in Anoka County. Alexandra House provides domestic, sexual, and relationship violence services to women, men, youth and families in Anoka County and across the state.
Domestic violence is prevalent in the United States. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S., which equates to approximately 10 million women and men each year. Awareness efforts, such as displaying purple lights, are an easy and effective way to get the community involved in what is often a silent issue.
Learn more about domestic violence services and ways to help by visiting the Alexandra House website.