Every year hundreds of women, children and seniors in Durham Region experience physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse and violence - all in the name of "love."
Now in its ninth year, "Shine the Light on Woman Abuse" is a provincial public awareness campaign held annually during the month of November. As well, across Canada November is officially recognized as Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.
The colour purple represents courage, survival and honour and is chosen to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse. Throughout November, the Durham Regional Police Service "Shines the Light" at all five divisions by illuminating the front lobbies with purple lighting, showing our support for this campaign.
Members of the Domestic Violence Investigative Unit show their support of the #loveshouldnthurt campaign by wearing commemorative T-shirts. Launched in November 2017 by the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC), this year-long initiative emphasizes that love shouldn't hurt. For more information about the #loveshouldnthurt campaign, please visit the VPCC website.
Once again the DRPS is supporting the Wrapped in Courage campaign, which encourages the community to become more aware of the often overlooked issue of woman abuse in Ontario. The campaign aims to inspire women and children to know they are not alone in their struggle for freedom.
You can purchase a purple blanket scarf or a necktie, at a cost of $20 each, in support of local women's shelters. You can visit the Wrapped in Courage Campaign website for more information about this campaign and where to purchase a scarf or necktie at participating locations.
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