Mayor Sharon Wolcott issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
The mayor presented the proclamation to Laura Horsely, Executive Director at Eve’s Place, a nonprofit agency in the West Valley that provides mobile crisis advocates and transitional housing to victims of domestic violence.
“Domestic Violence is a serious issue that affects women, men and children in communities across the country, including Surprise,” says Mayor Wolcott. “My hope is that this proclamation creates increased awareness here at home that will provide help to those suffering through abuse.”
In addition to the proclamation, City of Surprise staff has been invited to participate in a donation drive to benefit Eve’s Place. The agency is in need of essentials such as toilet paper, paper towels, non-perishable food items and laundry soap.
City staff are also encouraged to wear purple ribbons and purple clothing each Friday in October, a campaign Mayor Wolcott encourages residents throughout the city to embrace. “I hope that we have such an incredible showing of community involvement that we paint Surprise purple,” says Mayor Wolcott.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit http://www.thehotline.org/.
City Council also recognized October as Bullying Prevention Month and Mayor Wolcott presented a certificate to Jim Dean, assistant superintendent of Dysart Unified School District. Mayor Wolcott was instrumental in bringing the anti-bullying campaign Rachel’s Challenge to Dysart School District.