The purple ribbon!

The purple ribbon symbolizes many things….pancreatic cancer, domestic violence, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn’s disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, & fibromyalgia.

Mostly….the purple ribbon represent an awareness of domestic violence.

When you walk into a domestic violence outreach center you will see purple.

When you watch a DV court case…there is purple everywhere.

When you see a domestic violence survivor, they wear their purple with pride.

Why is purple the color of domestic violence?

The stories and urban legends abound:

1)The best:  A judge in the 50’s or 60’s made a single comment, that still rings true today. He sat on the bench listening to men explain how the women they were with deserved the beating or asked for it, and the women plead to have the violence just stop. One day, after many years he shook his head and spoke to all of the domestic violence victims in the court room -You know, every one of you should be awarded the purple heart just as our soldiers do, for putting up and dealing with all of the abuse you do.  For being wounded in the heat of battle. So the purple ribbon was born!

2) There was a man who was looking for a way to make a statement about domestic violence and bring awareness to all people. He went to case after case and he noticed the same thing – purple bruises. So the purple ribbon came out of that day.

3. Alice Walker wrote a book calledThe Color Purple. The book depicts years and years of domestic, mental, verbal, and physical abuse. Because of this, the purple ribbon was born. (Sadly, this is false. It is possible that the book was titled as such because of the purple ribbon)

Either way….purple is the color of domestic violence awareness.

If you’re looking for a way to prevent DV…this is a great way. Wear your purple! Wear your purple tie. Wear your purple pants. wear your purple shirt. Wear your purple and be proud. When you wear purple you’re not just wearing a color, you’re part of a movement to end the pain and violence so many are going through!

Purple yells out and smiles and says: You know that I understand the problems with Domestic Violence, I’m aware of the problem, and I’m working to stop it!  Are you?

That’s a good question….Are you willing to wear purple and tell everyone you meet that purple is raising awareness to end DV?

Are you going to make purple products and prevent DV?

OPt 4 purple.

Opt 4 Dv prevention.

Opt4 breaking the cycle of violence!