Domestic Violence and Housing Options

Recognize Awareness Month With Purple

Domestic Violence and Housing OptionsVictims of domestic violence face unique challenges to finding affordable housing and avoiding homelessness.

The YWCA of Union County has created a one-page resource that makes the connection between domestic violence and safe, affordable housing options. This helpful fact sheet includes information about both the facts and what can and must be done.

It is timely to focus on the interrelated issues of homelessness and domestic violence in October, as it is Domestic Awareness month.

One way to show your support of ending domestic violence by participating in the “Turn Your Business Purple to Prevent Domestic Violence.”

Businesses play an important role in promoting safe and healthy communities. Here’s your chance to join businesses throughout New Jersey in a fun, low-cost day to address a serious issue.

October 23, 2014, is Purple Thursday and a great opportunity for you to turn your business purple to spread awareness of domestic and dating abuse. Purple Thursday is an awareness day observed during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Whether by posting photos of employee groups wearing purple on social media, creating literature displays, serving purple cupcakes, wearing purple lapel ribbons, organizing a collection for our shelter, or lighting buildings purple, the goal is to spread public awareness of this issue and the resources available in the hopes of preventing intimate partner abuse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Awareness month activities are as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.

Click here for the Domestic Violence and Housing Options fact sheet.

Contact the YWCA for more information about how to participate in Purple Thursday.