To many people October means fall with all of the colors associated with it. The reds, golds, oranges and browns of the leaves. The ending of summer, a time of harvest, a last hurrah from Mother Nature. The quiet before the cold winter storms.
To me, October has another meaning and I see another color. October is Domestic Violence Month. A month set aside to raise awareness of the problem and a time of remembrance for the victims. When I think of October, the color I see is purple.
Purple has interesting meanings in the world of color. In earlier times before synthetic dyes, purple was a difficult color to achieve so in some countries purple was the color chosen for royalty. In history purple was also a color chosen for mourning. I don’t know how purple came to chosen to represent Domestic Violence, though at least one website has proffered an explanation. This site offers this explanation for the color purple: purple is the color of a bruise. To me that sounds appropriate. There is a nice poem there about domestic violence also, very much worth reading.
In communities across the U.S. you will be seeing notices of groups gathering for meetings, rallies, candlelight vigils, and other assemblies. Those are important as they serve several purposes. They help to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence. They act as a way to offer information to potential victims. And they are held to remember the victims of domestic violence. If you can please show your support by attending a gathering.
Another means of spreading awareness about domestic violence is the purple ribbon campaign. By wearing a purple ribbon, you can show your awareness of the problem, your support of the victims who are still in abusive relationships, rememberance of the victims lost, and your support for changes in laws to end the domestic violence problems. And when someone asks you why you are wearing a purple ribbon, you get a chance to tell them how you feel about the problem of domestic violence. If you have a blog or website, post that purple ribbon and show where you stand on Domestic Violence.
Domestic violence is not limited to just women showing support. We also need men too. Men to speak out, men to show they also want the abuse to stop. Wear a purple ribbon with pride, say that you too are speaking out against domestic violence.
Why should you bother? Read the poem I posted above, I really cannot explain it any better. Please… make this year the year that you get involved.
Throughout this month I will be posting a series of various topics about domestic violence and what you as an individual can do to help.