Mercer County is “Wearing a Little Purple with their Pink”
October 1st kicks off the beginning of Domestic Violence awareness month. The campaign encourages public, private, and non-profit entities to raise awareness of the issue by embracing the color purple – the symbolic hue for domestic violence awareness – by wearing purple or sponsoring awareness events. Flyers raising community awareness on this topic will be showcased by local businesses throughout this month.
It takes a coordinated effort by all corners of the community – law enforcement, advocates, community groups, and schools – to combat the scourge of domestic violence and declare that it will not be tolerated in our community. All Ohioans are being asked to wear purple on Thursday, October 22 to help generate discussion and awareness of domestic violence and dating abuse.
Since this past January, Mercer County’s Family Crisis Network answered 1,106 hotline calls, provided legal advocacy to 34 clients, and supplied 13 clients and their children with safe emergency housing. Family Crisis Network, one of OUR Home’s family of programs, has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mercer County for more than 35 years. Services include emergency shelter, case management, peer counseling, legal advocacy, and safety planning. The hotline number is 419.586.1133, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All services are free and confidential.