With millions of men and women victimized by domestic violence each year, the city of Surprise is doing its part by proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city.
Mayor Skip Hall issued an official proclamation at the Oct. 6 city council meeting.
As part of the awareness, City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, and the city’s Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Blvd., are lit purple each night for the month.
Purple is the widely recognized color that signifies domestic violence awareness.
The Arizona State Capitol dome and buildings across the Valley will also be lit purple as a symbol of strength and hope in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.
This year’s national “Purple Thursday” is Thursday, Oct. 22.
Surprise residents can show their support by wearing purple and tagging the city on social media using the hashtags #PaintSurprisePurple and #PurpleThursday.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month connects advocates across the nation who are working to end violence against women and their children, mourn those who have died because of domestic violence and to celebrate those who have survived.
ItCanStop.AZ.gov has more ideas on how to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Anybody who is a victim of domestic violence is encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233), or visit TheHotline.org.
The Surprise Resource Center partners with New Life Center, Sojourner Center, Eve’s Place, Hope Women’s Center and New Leaf’s Faith House to support victims of domestic violence.
The Surprise Resource Center is located on the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124.
Visit surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter, or call 623-222-1600.