Coon Rapids Police will shine a light on domestic violence in our community throughout October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The City Center campus will display purple lights along the outside of the building. Residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to do the same to remember the victims and honor the survivors of domestic violence.
The effort to display purple lights in October is supported 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 United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every 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.
Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Those seeking help may contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org, by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or texting "START" to 88788.
Learn more about domestic violence services and ways to help at the Alexandra House website.