October is a month where the Arizona heat finally breaks, a month filled with pumpkin spiced lattes, enjoying the outdoors, and celebrating Halloween. But October is most importantly the time to focus on domestic violence and the people it affects every day. As we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you may ask how you can get involved. Here are 7 ways:
- Attend the Capitol Lighting
Join Governor Doug Ducey, other State agencies and supporters statewide on October 1, 2019, as they light the State Capitol purple as a symbol of Arizona’s dedication to end domestic violence. The Capitol will remain purple throughout the month.
- Learn how to support a friend or loved one if they tell you they’re in an abusive relationship.
If someone you love is being abused, it can be difficult to know what to do. Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help a friend in an abusive relationship is to find ways to empower them to make their own decisions. You can also offer support by acknowledging that they’re in a difficult situation, be supportive and listen, be non-judgmental, and encourage them to participate in activities outside of the relationship. For more information, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.
- Educate young people in your life about abuse, violence prevention and how to build healthy relationships.
Hundreds of thousands of young people experience dating abuse, sexual assault and stalking every year. Having a tough conversation early on could ensure that young people know the warning signs and how to safely handle the situation. For more information on teen dating violence and materials, visit love is respect.
- Donate to an organization
You can make a one-time donation or continuous donations to a local organization, or to national organizations, such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Every donation, whether large or small, can help organizations continue the lifesaving work they do on a daily basis. For a list of domestic violence organizations, shelters and resources who partner with DES, visit the DES Domestic Violence Program website.
Another great way to show your support throughout the month is to volunteer at a local crisis program or shelter. Volunteering is a way for you to help organizations stretch their resources further. Individual volunteers and volunteer groups can assist in a variety of ways including, childcare, homework help, GED tutoring, kitchen support and fundraising events.
- Light up your home or work with purple!
You can support the statewide #LightingAZPurple campaign by purchasing a purple light bulb from any Home Depot location across Arizona during the month of October. A portion of all purchases will go to support domestic violence prevention programs and awareness messaging.
- Participate in National Wear Purple Day!
Thursday, October 24th is the National Wear Purple Day. Show your support by wearing purple! You can share your photos on social media by using the hashtags, #EndDVinAZ and #LightingAZPurple