Purple lights carry message of peace

  • Oct. 8, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Watch for the glow of purple lights across the islands in October and know that domestic violence doesn’t belong in our communities, says Nadine Jones of the Islands Women Society. The group is hoping to make a visual statement for Domestic Violence Awareness month, by getting everyone to put a purple light on their porch this month. She says this will help build momentum on a campaign that started in Washington State. Ms Jones said purple lightbulbs are available for $3 each or 2 for $5 at Aaron Mark Services, Key West Insurance, the Visitor Information Centre, Charlisles, Officeworks, Isabel Creek, Queen B’s, the Purple Onion, Jags Beanstalk and at the IWS office in Queen Charlotte. She said businesses have been delighted to make the light bulbs available and those she’s talked with agree that violence isn’t acceptable in our communities. When raising awareness about domestic violence, she said, there are three important points: remember the victims who lost their lives, support the survivors and help them rebuild and give hope to those still living with abuse. Ms Jones hopes to continue the Purple Light campaign every year.

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