Chilliwack’s Purple Night Lights Ceremony October 3

Chilliwack-  Chilliwack RCMP invite the public and media to participate with us in the annual Purple Light Nights ceremony which mark’s October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.   This community sponsored awareness campaign which originated in King County, Washington, in 2007, is launched with the annual illumination of purple light to raise attention to the prevention of domestic violence. 

Date:         October 3, 2016

Time:         6:30 p.m.

Location: Chilliwack RCMP Community Policing Office

                  45924 Airport Road

One in four families is impacted by violence, regardless of culture, socio-economic conditions, faith, or education. Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate, but often escalates.  It can take the form of physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal abuse and is often used as a means of control by a partner or ex-partner.

“Our goal is to increase awareness of domestic violence and the effect it has on children, families, and our community.  Through the Purple Light Nights campaign we provide education to promote healthy relationships to youths and adults,” said Darlene Wahlstrom, Victim Services Coordinator for the Chilliwack RCMP.

To further support the Purple Light Nights campaign, purple lights are available by $2.00 donation at Chilliwack Crime Prevention Services, 45877 Wellington Avenue, or other participating downtown businesses.

“Domestic violence has no place in our community and is a crime that often goes unreported. RCMP urge anyone who suspect’s or has knowledge, of someone who may be a victim of domestic violence, to report this crime to the police,” says Corporal Mike Rail, spokesperson for the UFVRD.

More information regarding Purple Light Nights is available by contacting Beverly Coles, Chilliwack Community Services Specialized Victim Services, 604 -792-4267 or visit www.purplelightnights.org.  

 

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