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October + Purple Lights = A Way To End Domestic Violence

Chilliwack, BC –  October is Domestic Violence Awareness month symbolized by Purple Light Nights illuminating the road to stopping domestic violence. This community sponsored awareness campaign originated in King County, Washington in 2007.

The campaign begins on Thursday October 1 with the annual lighting of a tree donated by local business, Ken’s Tire and Wheel. The ceremony will take place at Ken’s Tire and Wheel, 45798 Alexander Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Several community groups; including Police based Victim Services, Community Services, Community based Victim Assistance, Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, and the Anne Davis Transition Services among many, have come together to support Purple Light Nights for the month of October.

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.

To support the Purple Light Nights campaign the public may purchase a purple light for a $2.00 donation from Chilliwack Crime Prevention Services, 45877 Wellington Avenue, or several other participating downtown businesses.

“Our goal is to increase awareness of domestic violence and its effects upon children and families. Through the Purple Light Nights campaign we provide education to aid in building healthy relationships”, said Darlene Wahlstrom UFVRD Victim Services Coordinator.

“Domestic violence is a crime that often goes unreported. Police take this crime seriously and encourage everyone to contact us if you suspect or know of someone who is the victim of domestic violence”, said Cpl. Mike Rail.

For further information regarding Purple Light Nights you may contact Chilliwack Crime Prevention Services at 604-393-3000 or Darlene Wahlstrom at 604-393-3026.

The public is also invited to contact Beverly at 604-792-4267, or Shelly at 604-702-3116 or visit www.purplelightnights.org on line.

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