October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Purple ribbons, t-shirts, and banners are a frequent sight this month because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The color purple is used to symbolize the strength and courage of the survivors and victims of domestic violence.
One of the keys to combatting Domestic Violence is awareness. Throughout October a number of vigils will be held and programs offered to bring light to this prevalent issue nationwide.
The staff of NPLS is well aware of how devastating domestic violence can be to our clients and their families. We work closely with clients in securing Protection From Abuse Orders to help keep them safe. We assist clients in obtaining custody orders to address safety issues involving their children. We inform our clients of their housing rights to make sure they are not discriminated against because they have been subject to domestic violence.
We offer trainings to client groups as well as to other agency staff to explain what legal options may be available to domestic violence victims. We also understand the great need for collaboration in trying to address the many issues victims of domestic violence face. That is why you will find staff of NPLS serving on county-wide Domestic Violence Task Forces as well as participating on the Boards of various agencies whose mission is to assist victims of domestic violence.
Everyone can be an advocate to help stop domestic violence. Talk about it; really “listen “to a person in need ( they may be telling you more than you realize); direct someone to the appropriate services. If you do, NPLS will be here to do our part whether it is to advise, represent, or help access additional services.