There’s a purple glow across Washington. During the month of October, the Attorney General’s Office will join others statewide in displaying purple lights to remember domestic violence victims who lost their lives, support survivors and symbolize hope for those still living with abuse.
“The most important thing each of us can do to end abuse is keep the problem in the spotlight by working to build a culture that stands against violence,” said McKenna, who kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at a law enforcement rally in Kent.
The Purple Light Nights campaign was started by the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force in 2007. The campaign, which has spread to at least 20 states and Canada, encourages residents and businesses to display a black-light bulb or purple string lights on their porches, in store windows or in other prominent locations.
The Attorney General's Office has a strong history in addressing the problem of domestic violence and proposed legislation passed in 2007, 2008 and 2010 that:
- Created tougher sentences for repeat domestic abusers and those who choke their victims.
- Protects survivors by allowing them to participate in employee shared leave programs.
McKenna’s work in this area extends back to his time with the King County Council.
If you or someone you know is being abused, call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-562-6025 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.