Go Purple

April 22, 2016

 

Many mourn the untimely death of musician and activist Prince Rogers Nelson, affectionately known as "Prince".  Leading up to his death, in the days prior, and perhaps as recent as yesterday, April 21, 2016, many women and children have met their demise as the result of Domestic Violence.  Need proof? Turn on your local news station, Google Domestic Violence and murder-suicide. Scan social media news feeds, visit Domestic Violence advocacy Pages and websites to get a sense of how widespread Domestic Violence is nationally and worldwide.  

 

In the United States, "On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide."- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)   

 

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. - NCADV 

 

Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner. -World Health Organization (WHO) -January 2016

 

Although October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Domestic Violence is not a "seasonal" pandemic.  It affects the lives of women, children, and whole families at alarming rates, almost daily!  Prince was, by all accounts a musical genius. His dedication to the art of music will continue to touch, enlighten, and heal many souls.  However, let's also keep the spotlight on saving as many lives as possible, especially young children who aspire to grow up to be musicians, as well.  

 

Give life a chance. Raise DV Awareness.  Spread Hope by Tweeting: #GoPurple4DomesticViolence or #GoPurple4DV

 

-Sonya Harris

Domestic Violence Survivor - Moving forward since 2010

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