Maple Grove Purple Lights Initiative to Raise Awareness, Break the Silence of Domestic Violence
Oct 03, 2017 08:08PM
● By Wendy Erlien
Town Green Maple Grove (photo provided by Maple Grove Police Department)
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the city of Maple Grove was approached by representatives from Domestic Violence Action and Awareness, a social justice program of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove, with the idea of a purple lights initiative.
"The purpose of the initiative is to raise awareness that victims of domestic violence have a voice and will be heard," according to a press release from the city of Maple Grove.
Throughout the month of October, purple lights will visible at Town Green and the Maple Grove Public Safety Facility each evening.
The lights, according to the city, are lit as a symbol of that the community:
- Takes a stand against domestic violence
- Shows victims they have a voice and the city is listening
- Offers support and resources for survivors
- Remembers the victims
- Encourages an open dialogue about the topic
"Domestic violence has no place in our community, and the Maple Grove Police Department thoroughly investigates all calls-for-service and actively pursues criminal charges in domestic related cases," according to the city of Maple Grove. "The department works closely with Cornerstone, a violence prevention organization, to provide victims with resources and support."
Incidents of domestic violence can be reported by calling 9-1-1. Additional resources can be received by contacting the Maple Grove Police Department (763-494-6100) or Cornerstone (1-866-223-1111).
"We strongly encourage everyone to break the silence on domestic violence and view the purple lights in October as an encouraging, yet unspoken, message of help, hope, and healing," according to the city of Maple Grove.