Oct. 22, 2015 – Today is “Go Purple Day” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a colorful opportunity to focus attention on a serious problem in the United States and around the world.
University of Houston Law Center students will be passing out purple ribbons in The Commons to wear as a visible means of raising awareness about the issue. Members of the Family Law Organization and the Association of Women in Law along with the Civil Law Clinic are also collecting canned goods for The Bridge over Troubled Waters, a social service agency in Pasadena that helps domestic violence victims. Canned goods may also be dropped off anytime in the clinic office. A group picture is also planned to commemorate the first annual “Go Purple Day.”
“Domestic violence is a global public health crisis,” said Barbara Stalder, a supervising attorney in the Civil Law Clinic. “In 2014, Texas alone had 132 women murdered as a result of domestic violence, almost 186,000 incidents of domestic violence, more than 23,000 adults seeking help in shelters, more than 61,000 receiving services for domestic violence, and more than 39 percent denied entry into shelters because there was no space.
“Domestic violence is a community problem,” Stalder continued, “and we cannot eradicate it until we, as a community, decide we will no longer tolerate abusive treatment toward our daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters and friends. We are the solution we just haven't taken the critical step to take a stand and end domestic violence once and for all.”
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters provides an array of services to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence move from helplessness to hopefulness.