Purple Ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness

There’s a good reason why Gulfport police cars will be cruising around with purple ribbons tied to their vehicles during October.
The purple ribbon represents domestic violence awareness. The Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-violence teamed up with police to tie ribbons on cop cars this afternoon for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
These ribbons are meant to remind our community of the support law enforcement officers have for serving and supporting victims of domestic abuse. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said, “Domestic violence continues to be a problem in our community and nationally it continues to be a problem.”
Outreach prevention educator Rene Davis said, “Hopefully, it will bring to mind the number of people in our country and here on the Coast that are affected by domestic violence and let them know they can contact the police if they knew that someone is dealing with this or if it’s something that they’re going through that that’s their ally.”
According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

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