October 2016- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Each year, over 100 Texas women lose their lives to domestic violence. This DVAM, we challenge all of Texas to Go Purple and strive for a state where no woman loses her life as a result of family violence. In 2015, we lost 158, just in the State of Texas alone. SAAFE House took part in reaching out the community to help shed light on Domestic Violence facts, and to honor those individuals that lost their lives to Family Violence.
We kicked off the month with a city wide proclamation for the city of Huntsville. Mayor Andy Brauninger addressed the issues of domestic violence, and proclaimed that October be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Huntsville. We followed the week up with a campus-wide candle light vigil at Sam Houston State University. Students, facility, staff and community members came together to celebrate the lives of the women killed in 2015, in the State of Texas, to Domestic Violence.
As a part of our efforts to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we wanted to display as much PURPLE around the communities that SAAFE House provides services in, as possible. We started by displaying purple ribbons around the court house trees at the Walker County Courthouse, then around the vehicles of the local University, City and Sherrifs Department patrol cars, in Huntsville, Livingston, Trinity and Groveton. We were so thankful that the Women and Men serving our communities, proudly displayed their purple ribbons.
SAAFE House has been lucky enough to have the support of the local County and City officials that we service. This year October was proclaimed "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" by Mayor Andy Brauninger- for the City of Huntsville. Walker County Judge, Danny Pierce and the County Commissioners- for Walker County. Polk County Judge, Sydney Murphy- for Polk County, and for the first time in SAAFE House history, Trinity County received a proclamation of from Judge Steven D. Page and County Commissioners. We are so proud to have these proclamations passed within our communities, and to see the significant amount of importance our City and County officials have placed on bringing awareness to these communities.
To wrap up TxDVAM we reached out to local businesses and Schools in Walker and Polk County to have them display facts about Domestic Violence and the impact it has on the individuals lives. On October 20, Texas celebrated "Go Purple Day", during which time we reached out to the participating organizations to have them proudly wear their purple as well. We have such an amazing amount of participation from Businesses, Schools, and community members. It was a great day that really showed the amount of support SAAFE House has in our areas.