Purple lights shine at Surpise City Hall

Surprise shines a light on domestic violence

With millions of men and women victimized by domestic violence each year, the City of Surprise is working to raise awareness of this important issue.

The Surprise City Council issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Sharon Wolcott presented the proclamation to Laura Horsley, Executive Director of local domestic violence shelter Eve’s Place.

“No one should have to endure the pain and fear that come along with domestic violence,” said Mayor Wolcott. “We hope that our awareness efforts, in unison with efforts across the nation, will help victims connect with the help and protection they need.”

To further raise awareness, purple lights will shine from Surprise City Hall and the city’s public safety building during the month of October. Purple is the nationally-recognized color signifying domestic violence awareness.

In a recent press release, Governor Doug Ducey encouraged Arizonans to light their homes purple for the month of October and post pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LightingAZPurple.

Residents can also help raise awareness by joining city of Surprise employees in wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon. This year, national wear purple day is October 20. Help “Paint Surprise Purple” and show your support via social media using the hashtag #PurpleThursday.

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 www.TheHotline.org.

Eve’s Place also provides mobile advocacy services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse two days per week at the city’s Surprise Resource Center. Individual appointments and support groups are available for adults and teens.

The Surprise Resource Center is located on the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Rd. Suite 124. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter or call 623.222.1600.