Ahwatukee Community Network

Jennifer Emperador speaks to a group at the Ahwatukee Community Network meeting Tuesday, April 16. Emperador was part of a panel discussing domestic violence in the city of Phoenix.

Allison Hurtado

Phoenix is painting the city purple in October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

City staff will be installing purple lights on Tovrea Castle, turning the lights purple on top of City Hall, making the lighting crystals purple on Third Street at the convention center, installing purple lights on streets downtown, painting a section of the street purple on First Street, installing posters on Phoenix garbage trucks, placing magnets on city vehicles and airing a one-hour special on PHX11.

“I hope this display of purple during October serves as a reminder that stopping domestic violence is a priority for our community,” said Mayor Greg Stanton in a statement. “We must be vigilant about maintaining the effort year-round by continuing to invest real resources to fight domestic violence, including better training for police officers allowing them to detect signs of abuse when responding to calls.”

City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has promised to make domestic violence a focus during his next term on the City Council. DiCiccio was one of the major backers of a plan to provide local domestic violence shelters with more funding after their federal funding was cut back unexpectedly.

The plan brought many domestic violence leaders across the city together. That group, the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is now working to create a plan to end domestic violence in Phoenix.

For more information about the Paint Phoenix Purple campaign, visit paintphoenixpurple.org. If you or someone you know is in need of victim services, call the city’s Family Advocacy Center at (602) 534-2120 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

The city of Phoenix is not the only group working to raise awareness of the problem. Maricopa Association of Governments is also hosting events across the Valley in October, telling stories from domestic violence survivors and encouraging those in a violent situation to seek help.

“We want those that are close to victims, the bystanders, to know that there are resources available for them to help victims leave a bad situation sooner,” said MAG chair and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. “The MAG Regional Domestic Violence Council has been working collaboratively with law enforcement, victim services providers, faith-based groups and others to strengthen the regional response to domestic violence and ensure that these resources are widely known and available.”

MAG has created an online map, available at www.FindDVServices.com, that provides locations and contact information for victim’s advocates to locate shelters, financial, social, legal and health services.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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