New Mexico Legal Aid Staff Don Purple to Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence
This past October 19, staff members of New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) donned shades of purple, joining countless individuals and organizations in observing “Purple Thursday” – a key event in Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The simple act of wearing purple served as a powerful statement of solidarity, support, and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, celebrated every October, brings attention to the pressing issue of domestic abuse, which cuts across boundaries of class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Disturbing statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reveal that one in three women and one in four men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. But domestic abuse isn’t just physical; it encompasses a range of behaviors, including verbal and emotional abuse. Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards seeking help and breaking free.
NMLA’s participation in Purple Thursday underscores its unwavering commitment to providing crucial legal services to survivors of domestic abuse. Regardless of income level or citizenship status, NMLA stands as a beacon of hope for those seeking justice, empowerment, and a life free from violence.
“Our participation in Purple Thursday is a reminder of the essential services we provide to survivors of domestic violence every day,” says James Hodgins, Director of Communications. “It’s a symbol of our dedication, not just during this month but throughout the year. Our goal is to ensure that every survivor knows their rights and has the tools to reclaim their lives.”
Those in need, or anyone who knows someone who might be facing domestic violence, are urged to reach out to the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Helpline at 1-877-974-3400. Trained professionals are on standby, offering assistance, guidance, and resources to help survivors navigate their journey to safety.
By wearing purple, NMLA has shown its unwavering support for those affected by domestic violence, echoing the sentiments of DVAM – that no one should suffer in silence, and help is always available.