Shelter from the Storm
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CALLS FOR "PURPLE THURSDAYS" DURING OCTOBER
Palm Desert, CA - “Purple Thursdays” have been declared for the month of October by SFTS Executive Director Angelina Coe.
“October is National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” explained Coe. “I would like everyone to recognize this throughout the month but especially on Thursdays when Thursday Night Football is televised. This is in light of all the media coverage of DV and child abuse allegations within the National Football League.”
SFTS administration, staff, and supporters have been asked to wear purple signifying support of all victims of domestic violence. In California, 124 women on average are murdered each year by a domestic partner. In 76% of these cases with a history of violence, family, friends, or co-workers were aware of the abuse. In one of every five of those cases, a child or other member of the family was also injured or killed at the time of the woman’s murder.
“This is not a crisis waiting to happen…it is happening… right here and now,” Coe pointed out. “What has occurred within the NFL has brought worldwide attention to the global issue of domestic violence.”
Studies show that women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner. Violence against intimate partners makes up 20 percent of violent crime against women each year.
Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate.
Women are much more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner. In 2000, intimate partner homicides accounted for 33.5 percent of the murders of women and less than four percent of the murders of men.
“At SFTS we appreciate your ongoing support over the past 20-plus years,” stated Coe. “The lives of thousands of our community’s abused women and children depend on us – and on you. Please join us in our “Purple Thursdays” month of education and outreach to assist DV victims.”
Please call 760-674-0400 to learn how you can help.