October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the official color representing Domestic Violence awareness. Since October of 1981, the first Day of Unity, millions gather throughout the country to support victims and survivors of domestic violence.
On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Each day, 3 women die because of domestic violence. Domestic violence doesn't discriminate. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.
Wear purple on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to support the Bergen County Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) in an annual recognition of the need to end domestic violence in our homes and communities.
For confidential counseling and referral call the Bergen County 24-hour hotline (201 336-7575). For more information, stories of survival and safety tips visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline.