Mayor Skip Hall officially proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” at the Oct. 4 regular city council meeting.
As part of the proclamation, City Hall will be lit purple all month to help raise awareness for this critical issue.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 to connect and unite individuals and organizations working to stop domestic violence; it helps to remember those who have died from this form of abuse and celebrates all those who have survived.
Purple is the nationally-recognized color signifying the effort to raise awareness about domestic violence. Surprise City Hall and the city’s Public Safety Building will be lit purple each evening during October.
The Arizona State Capitol dome and buildings across the Valley will also be lit purple to symbolize strength and hope in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.
This year’s national “Wear Purple Day” is Oct. 20; show your support by wearing purple and tagging the city on social media using the hashtags #PaintSurprisePurple and #DVAM2022.
During October, you are encouraged to visit the display “Unmasked” at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
This showcase features artwork created by victims and survivors of domestic violence, illustrating their experience and the empowerment helping them to continue healing while bringing awareness to the effects of Domestic Violence in our communities.
Additionally, the Surprise Resource Center partners with Sojourner Center to offer Domestic Violence support and services on-site Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome. Sojourner Center can be reached anytime on their Crisis Line at 602-244-0089 or 888-886-8793.
For information about the services and events at the Surprise Resource Center, visit surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter or call 623-222-1600.
Nearly 20 people in the U.S are physically abused by their partner per minute. On most days, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls or an average of 15 calls a minute. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit TheHotline.org.