YWCA of St. Joseph County

Elonda Wilder-Hamilton

The YWCA launches the Paint the Town Purple campaign

The YWCA of St. Joseph County will launch the Paint the Town Purple campaign on October 1 in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The month-long campaign will focus on raising the public awareness of domestic violence and on the impact of domestic violence in St. Joseph County.

“Domestic violence is a problem in our nation, our state, and our county,” said Linda Baechle, executive director of the YWCA citing the recent deaths of Pearlie Dickerson and Jan Giffith who were both murdered by their boyfriends, and the life-threatening injuries sustained by Sara Beth Young, when she fell from the hood of a moving vehicle driven by her husband.

At the heart of the Paint the Town Purple campaign is the involvement and support of the local businesses, schools, community organizations, politicians, law enforcement agencies, faith groups and individuals.

Consider the following ways you can show your support. Instill a purple light bulb on your front porch String purple lights on a tree or bush Put purple ribbons on a tree Make a purple window display for your home or business Wear a purple ribbon Create a domestic violence bulletin board using purple colors

Purchase a purple ribbon lapel pin, bumper sticker from the YWCA Talk about domestic violence issues with family and friends For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month call (574) 233-9491 or visit the YWCA website at ywcasjc.org.

The YWCA of St. Joseph County provides critical services for victims of domestic abuse and their children. It is one of a few facilities in the State of Indiana that allow women to bring their children with them while receiving treatment for chemical dependency. The YWCA also provides transitional housing for women and children as well as permanent housing for women with disabilities. On average, the YWCA of St. Joseph County provides shelter to over 125 women and children on a daily basis.