Wear purple to show support for survivors of domestic violence in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Purple was chosen as the color to promote awareness for the first Domestic Violence Day of Unity in October 1981 and has universally represented DV awareness since then.

A local organization is encouraging the public, local businesses and community groups to go "Purple for a Purpose" from Oct. 16 - 22 to help raise awareness and support survivors of domestic violence.

Sojourner is an organization aiming to provide critical resources to those whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

In a press release, Sojourner's President and CEO Carmen Pitre said, "Everyone knows someone experiencing family violence. We must show survivors that there is hope and help available."

The release also notes that in July alone, seven women and children lost their lives at the hands of a family member in the Milwaukee area, further increasing the urgency of domestic violence support in the area.

For more information, visit FamilyPeaceCenter.org online, a website that features a quick exit function for anyone accessing it who is fearful of seeking help online.

Those being impacted by domestic violence are invited to call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (414) 933-2722 or to text the Domestic Violence Textline at (414) 877-8100.

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