Wearing purple: Help raise awareness, prevent domestic violence

Published 6:13 am Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Davie Center for Violence Prevention (DCVP) is involved with a number of events during October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

Every October is set aside to build awareness for resources in the county, but also pay respect to the victims of violence.

“Unfortunately, nearly everyone knows someone who has been a victim, or impacted by domestic or sexual violence,” said Brandi Patti, assistant director.  “Statistics show that one in three women, and one in four men have experienced violence by an intimate partner.

“As an organization, we want to stay front and center for individuals who need our help and Domestic Violence Awareness Month allows us to spread our message throughout the community.”

• A gift card drive will be promoted, encouraging community members to donate gift cards from local businesses and restaurants. Monetary gift cards allow victims to purchase necessities that allow them to escape their attacker. DCVP requests that cards be purchased for places such as Sheetz, Walmart and local grocery stores and restaurants.  The cards will be distributed to those in need by DCVP.

• Thursday, Oct. 20 is Purple Thursday. Community members are asked to wear purple on this day to show their support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

• The Station, 185 N. Main St. in Mocksville, will donate a portion of proceeds to DCVP on Oct. 22 between 1-4 p/m.

• The Davie High Carpentry Class will create silhouettes to display in the community as part of the Silent Witness Initiative that honors the lives of domestic violence homicide victims through family support, community connections, and advocacy for change.  Visit www.SilentWitness.net to learn more.

• Davie Senior Services will host “Put a Nail in Domestic Violence.” This event will inform attendees on the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault. Participants can have their ring fingernail painted purple, part of a campaign to help raise awareness. Men and women are encouraged to participate but do not have to have nails painted to attend. This event is open to adults of all ages, no children.

Davie Center for Violence Prevention is at 172 S. Clement Street, Suite 2 in Mocksville. It offers a 24-hour crisis line, assistance with filing protective orders, crisis counseling, emergency shelter assistance and support groups. Call 336-751-HELP.