As part of the Paint Pima Purple campaign, Pima County employees are encouraged on Friday, Oct. 18 to dress in purple and to help Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse “Stuff the Bus” with donations to help victims of domestic abuse. The Pima County Health Department will be distributing Paint Pima Purple campaign materials at community outreach events during October, while Fleet Services will be participating with bumper stickers on County vehicles.
Campaign participants throughout the community are asked to help spread the word by wearing a purple ribbon or sticker throughout the month, displaying a purple ribbon on cars or even changing outdoor light bulbs to purple.
“Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent interpersonal crimes in our community, affecting thousands of local families every year,” said Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Children growing up in such households, even if not directly abused, are more likely to develop significant risk factors, she noted, adding the crime also disrupts lives, reduces employee productivity and often causes costly health care intervention.
Paint Pima Purple is an initiative of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and the Pima County Attorney’s Office in partnership with Pima County and local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
“We are grateful to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry for giving County employees the opportunity to join in this campaign and to Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall for her support of this initiative,” said Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, CEO of Emerge! “We would encourage other employers to join us in sharing information about the impact of abuse.”
- In Arizona, one in four women will experience domestic abuse and one in 5 teens will experience dating abuse in our state.
- There are more 12,000 domestic violence calls to 911 in Pima County each year.
- National costs exceed $5.8 billion annually and nearly 8 million days of paid work is lost per year due to domestic violence in our nation.
- On average, someone in Arizona dies every 3 days due to domestic violence.
If you are a victim or survivor of domestic abuse, or if someone you love is, help is available. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, call Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, 1-888-428-0101 or www.emergecenter.org