Turn the town purple for domestic violence awareness

Three rural domestic violence programs turned the town purple during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

SHARE, Inc., Help for Abused Partners, and New Directions Domestic Violence programs cover Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties in rural northeast Colorado, an area about the size of Massachusetts with a scattered population averaging 4 persons per square mile. The three programs are based in the larger communities of Fort Morgan, Sterling, and Yuma, and have outreach offices and circuit riders in more remote areas.

 The “Turn the Town Purple” activities in the region included candlelight vigils, flowers in the lake memorials for victims, purple porch lights and purple windows in downtown businesses, purple ribbons, purple balloons, purple wristbands and ribbons on car antennas.  

Community members participated in events to send the message that “there is no place for domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, farms, schools and workplaces.” Educational programs included an Intimacy Checkup Workshop at the community college, a brown bag luncheon, and outreach through local church congregations and school health and safety fairs.

 The programs collaborate through a domestic violence advocacy team to provide access to standardized bilingual (English and Spanish) services that include crisis intervention, confidential counseling and advocacy, court advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support groups for women and children.