Thursday September 30, 2010

City Hall News Release

Shining A Light On Domestic Abuse

Purple is the colour of hope

Submitted/Voice file photo


Coun. Janzen and Ann Davis members along with RCMP light up a tree with purple lights in support of domestic violence victims in October 2009. Voice file photo.


iolence against women continues to be a serious problem in Canada. Half of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Every minute of every day, a Canadian woman or child is sexually assaulted. Since January of this year in Chilliwack, there have been 105 reports to RCMP of sexual assault and 296 reports of family violence. It is important to note these numbers reflect only those incidents reported to police, as some victims never tell anyone about the abuse.

"Domestic violence has far reaching effects on families, children and our community," said Chilliwack Social Worker, April Goertzen. "Every woman has the right to live free from violence in her home, workplace and community."

This October, light up the night with a purple light and send the message that domestic violence has no place in our community. The Purple Light Nights campaign honours victims of domestic violence.

From October 1 to 31, residents and businesses are encouraged to shine a purple light. Your light will support those who have survived domestic violence and help give hope to those still living with abuse.

A tree lighting ceremony has been planned for Monday, October 4 outside of Chilliwack City Hall at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony.

The Purple Light Nights Campaign originated in 2006 in King County, Washington as a way to 'Shine the Light on Domestic Violence'. October is domestic violence awareness month and purple is the symbolic colour of domestic violence.

Strings of purple lights can be purchased at Logan's Home Hardware in Chilliwack; bulbs are available by donation at Nuggets Used Books, Logan's Home Hardware in Chilliwack, Vedder Home Hardware in Sardis, Chilliwack Community Services, Mary's Uniforms, Ann Davis Transition Society on Young Rd, and Chilliwack City Hall.

For more information on how to get involved in your community contact: 

In Chilliwack contact Beverly Coles, Specialized Victim Assistance at 604-793-7211

In Hope can contact: Heather Garfield, House Manager, Hope Transition Society at 604-869-5191


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