PHOENIX — The Arizona State Capitol dome will be lit purple tonight in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, taking a stand against all forms of violence and abuse in relationships.
“Today, we are reminded that domestic violence – in all its forms – is a destructive and heartbreaking problem in our society,” said Governor Ducey. “This month, as we see purple light emanating from around the state, we are reminded that a home should always be a place of safety and peace. The purple light also reminds us that – tragically – some homes are places of fear and cruelty.
The dome will stay lit throughout the month as part of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family’s 8th annual Lighting Arizona Purple campaign. Agencies, businesses, and communities are encouraged to light their buildings and homes purple this October to raise awareness about domestic violence, connect Arizonans to critical resources, and show support for victims and survivors.
“All Arizonans have a role in ending domestic violence. We can all play a role in prevention efforts, raising awareness, and supporting those around us who may be suffering from domestic violence,” said Maria Cristina Fuentes, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. “Through cross-sector, multi-agency collaborations, and victim-centered responses, we improve our support for survivors, and address the underlying causes of domestic violence in every corner of our state.”
Arizonans are also encouraged to wear purple on October 20 for Purple Thursday to call attention to domestic violence prevention.
State agencies are committed to putting an end to domestic violence and supporting victims and survivors.
The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family has made significant investments to foster supportive communities that help survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives.
The team at the Department of Economic Security offers comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence including mobile advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing and rapid re-housing.
The Arizona Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System restored KidsCare Coverage, aiding victims and survivors of abuse on their path of healing.
The Department of Child Safety works tirelessly to support Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families. The department has been committed to continuously improving the way they respond to and support children and families impacted by domestic violence.
Domestic violence is an issue affecting Arizonans in all communities, regardless of age, race, gender, socio-economic status, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides the opportunity to enhance education, prevention and intervention efforts around domestic violence, and support organizations and individuals who provide advocacy efforts, services and assistance to victims.
If you are concerned that a friend, family member, coworker or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. For more information and to connect with additional state and national resources, visit EndDV.AZ.gov.
View the Governor’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation HERE.