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Purple Lights Initiative Returns to City of Maple Grove to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Sep 26, 2018 10:59PM ● By Wendy Erlien
Each October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

For the second year, the city of Maple Grove will use purple lights during the month of October to raise awareness that there is help and hope for victims of domestic violence, according to a press release from the city in conjunction with a collaboration with Domestic Violence Action and Awareness, a social justice program of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove.  

Each evening in October purple lights will be lit at the Town Green and on the trees at the main entrance of the Maple Grove Public Safety Facility. 

The lights are a symbol that our 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

"The Maple Grove Police Department thoroughly investigates all calls-for-service and actively pursues criminal charges in domestic related cases," according to the press release. "In addition, in 2017 the department made significant enhancements in the way officers respond to and investigate domestic violence calls that included additional procedures, training, and the development of a domestic violence response team."

The police department continues to work closely with Cornerstone, a violence prevention organization, to provide victims with resources and support. 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, please call 9-1-1. Additional resources can be obtained by contacting the Maple Grove Police Department at at 763-494-6100 or Cornerstone at 1-866-223-1111. 

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