Have you seen the splash of purple?


By Cheryl Bowdridge

Special to The PREVIEW

Have you seen the splash of purple around town?

The businesses have dashed their windows in purple, purple luminaries light up the windows and purple bows don the telephone poles, all to honor the survivors and victims of domestic violence in Archuleta County.

This week, the Pirate girls will wear purple socks at the volleyball games and the Pirate football team will honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple socks at the Oct. 23 game.

You may be wondering if domestic violence and/or sexual violence is a problem in our small community. Yes, there is domestic violence and sexual violence in every community.

Even though we live in a small town where we are free from most violence and crime, domestic violence is still an issue that we at the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP) deal with on a daily basis. One in four women and one in 18 men will be affected by some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. ACVAP serves about 400 victims a year.

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