Purple light

Newark’s city hall is bathed in purple light this week in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Newark’s city hall is bathed in purple light this week in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The display is part of a statewide initiative to “shine the light” on domestic violence. Buildings around Delaware will be lit up purple all week as part of the campaign.

“Purple is the color chosen to represent the fight against domestic violence,” said Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department. “The goal of the lights is to get everyone talking about ‘purple’ as a way to discuss domestic violence, and to let victims know they’re not alone and that resources are available to them.”

In Delaware, domestic violence victims can contact the 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 302-762-6110 or go to www.childinc.com. The national domestic violence hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233 or www.thehotline.org.

The Newark Police Department’s victim services coordinator, Melissa Pennachi, can be reached at 302-366-7100, ext. 3137, or mpennachi@newark.de.us.

University of Delaware students who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can reach the UD Sexual Offense Support advocate line at 302-831-1001, option 1.

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