In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Turning Point — a local non-profit domestic violence shelter serving Delaware, Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Union and Wyandot counties — is encouraging everyone to wear purple on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Stephanie Rowe, community education coordinator, said she encourages participants to send photos to [email protected] or tag Turning Point in your Facebook post.
The color purple is known as a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence, she said. Families and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted.
In addition to wearing purple, Turning Point will be displaying its segment of the National Clothesline Project throughout October.
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against men, women and children. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular survivor’s experience. Turning Point’s segment of this project contains more than 800 T-shirts — a good portion of which will be in front of the agency. Rowe encourages the public to stop by in October to walk around and read the shirts. “They tell a real story about the victims they represent and provide real insight into the pain of domestic violence,” she said.
Turning Point offers a 24-hour hot line for victims of domestic violence —call 800-232-6505 or 740-382-8988, or check out the group’s website at www.turningpoint6.org. Turning Point is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Turning Point’s funding comes for a variety of sources, including the United Way and the Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.