For the second year in a row the Mountlake Terrace Police Department is handing out purple lights during the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Purple light bulbs (black lights) are provided to the community with the intent to display during October as a reminder of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of displaying purple lights is threefold: to honor victims of domestic violence, to honor survivors of domestic violence and to raise awareness to send the message that domestic violence has no place in or community.
The Mountlake Terrace Police Domestic Violence program is a 2 person team consisting of DV Coordinator Danielle Singson and DV Advocate Connie Penry. Singson, who has been working in the DV advocacy field for 15 years, says that there are many resources available for DV victims but often times victims are afraid to take the first step to get help.
If you are a victim Singson recommends you reach out to people you trust or call the DV Services of Snohomish County 24-hour hotline at 425-252-2873.
If you know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence, Singson encourages you to listen without judgment, provide support and educate yourself as to what services are available for victims. Often times victims are afraid of going to the police but will confide in friends and family.
The Purple Lights program was started in 2204 in Covington by The Covington Domestic Violence Task Force, a non-profit organization.
The Mountlake Terrace Police Department has a limited supply of free purple lights for residents to put in their windows for the month of October. If you are interested, stop by the police station during business hours or contact Danielle Singson at (425) 744-6257.
The Purple Light Nights” Campaign is a terrific way to bring attention to the devastating impact that domestic violence has on families and children. I want to encourage every citizen of our state to take a few minutes this October to affix a purple light to their home or workplace – to shine more light on the need to stop domestic violence
Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna