In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the city kicks off its 13th annual Purple Light Nights Campaign today. The domestic violence movement uses the purple ribbon as a symbol of unity in the fight against family violence. The Purple Light Nights Campaign takes this symbol one step further and provides purple light bulbs (black-lights) to the community with the intent that they be displayed during the entire month of October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
As COVID-19 continues to limit our community’s interactions with one another, it is more important than ever to let victims of domestic violence know that our community supports them. With the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order in place, there is more time at home for everyone. This is especially dangerous for households experiencing domestic violence. When an abuser or a victim does not leave the home, there is less ability for the victim to reach out for help.
If you would like a purple light to display, please contact the city’s Domestic Violence Coordinator Danielle Singson at the Mountlake Terrace Police Department at (425) 744-6257. The city has a limited supply available to the public at no cost. However, if you already have a purple light, please display it throughout the month in order to remember those who have lost their lives; support those who have survived domestic violence; and bring hope to those who are still living with abuse. More information on Purple Light Nights can be found at www.purplelightnights.org.
So please, shine a purple light for the month of October; report to 911 anything that you see or hear that seems like violence in a household; and if you are able, consider making a donation to a local domestic violence shelter or non-profit agency. If you are experiencing domestic violence or feel any form of unsafe around another person, please reach out. Here are some helpful community resources where you can find help:
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County (24 Hours)
City of Mountlake Terrace Domestic Violence Coordinator
Edmonds College Violence Prevention