You might have gone around seeing a lot of people dressed in purple this month. The reason is not far-fetched; October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A lot of people have been informed about this issue, but do not have adequate information about it. This is so because most cases of domestic violence are swept under the carpet. This is why it has remained a recurring issue in our society. Stopping this menace can only be achieved through the creation of awareness.
The color purple is the color used, in order to bring awareness to this issue, and show support for bringing a stop to it. This is very similar to the Purple Heart awarded to individuals who have been wounded while serving, as well as the survivors of domestic violence who have been wounded emotionally and physically. The color stands as a symbol of courage, peace, survival, honor and the dedication to putting an end to violence.
This awareness is very important as domestic violence is not a situational issue. It has nothing to do with ethnicity, race, social status, or income in its manifestation. It can happen to just about anyone in the society. Domestic violence comes in different forms other than being just physical. This phenomenon also includes emotional abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse. Domestic violence involves behaviors such as manipulation, coercion, humiliation, trading blames, inflicting injuries, as well as isolating victims. Statistically, it is expected that one in every seven men and one in every four women will end up victims of domestic violence in a lifetime. For children, the statistics stand at three million children per year.
Domestic violence occurs between partners of any gender. It can also happen in non-intimate relationships, coming from parents, in-laws, children, grandchildren, or neighbors. As well as wearing purple in this month, a simple purple ribbon can be incorporated into your outfit, be posted online drive awareness on the internet, thereby showing a dedication to stopping domestic violence through sensitization.
Only awareness backed by action can bring about social change. This is why it is important to follow the steps below in fighting against domestic violence.
This is why the color purple stands for so much in sensitizing people in the community.