GO PURPLE for Black Country Women’s Aid in October 2019

GO PURPLE for Black Country Women’s Aid in October 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the colour purple is worn to show survivors that people care.

Purple is a colour worn by early women’s rights activists and today it is an important colour for campaigners against domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was originally launched in the USA as a way to unite individuals and organisations working on domestic violence: the Go Purple month will bring this campaign to the West Midlands!

Why is it important?

Domestic abuse remains at epidemic levels, with 2 women a week being killed by a former or current partner. Domestic violence happens in every community and affects people of all ages. While most victims are women and girls, domestic violence affects men and boys too. The impacts of domestic violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. But prevention is possible.

What can we do?

As a society it is necessary to remove the stigma around domestic violence. Domestic violence needs to be an issue that can be talked about openly so that victims and survivors won’t feel judged for experiencing abuse, and can come forward to get help.

Together, individuals, communities and businesses can learn to understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to end domestic violence.

How your fundraising will help

Black Country Women’s Aid supported over 8000 women, children and men last year who had experienced abuse and violence. Their refuges offered a safe place to stay, theirr advocates and counsellors helped people to get back on their feet, cope with trauma and look towards a safer future.

Black Country Women’s Aid currently receive over 24 calls an hour and our 6 refuges are almost always full. They need your help to make sure no victim of abuse is turned away from support.

How to take part

1. Just decide on a day in October when you will Go Purple

2. Each person/pupil pays £1 and wears a purple item to school, college or work or you can paints your nails purple, bake and sell purple cupcakes and for the more daring spray your beard, hair or moustache purple.

3. Let us know what day by registering at https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/ or by contacting Debbie their fundraiser on 0121 553 0090 or by email deborah.slater@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

4. Black Country Women’s Aid will send you their fundraising pack for ideas and show you how they will spend the money that you raise

5. Take photos of your purple day and Black Country Women’s Aid will share on their Facebook and Twitter. There is a prize for the most interesting Purple picture.

6. Have fun !

Black Country Women’s Aid invite you to encourage friends, family members, colleagues and community members to show their support by Going Purple too.

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