Alexandria’s City Hall has been lit purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day on October 22.
The city’s Domestic Violence Program is also promoting the regional #PowerUpNOVA campaign, which asks locals to “consider their power as individuals and part of a larger community devoted to reducing and eliminating domestic and intimate partner violence,” according to the city.
City Hall was also lit up at the end of August in recognition of International Opioid Awareness Day.
Last year, there was a candlelight vigil at Market Square to honor the 22 people in Alexandria who have lost their lives to acts of domestic violence since the mid-2000s. The annual event is hosted by the city’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project, and is being put off this year because of the pandemic.
The city’s Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is open, and hotlines are available 24/7 at 703-684-7273 [Sexual Assault Hotline] or 703-746-4911 [Domestic Violence Hotline]. Online support is also available with The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.
The Commission for Women and Friends of the Commission for Women are lighting City Hall purple this week in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Oct 22. Learn what you can do to reduce and eliminate domestic violence at https://t.co/0ohy9qk41R. #DVAM #PowerUpNOVA pic.twitter.com/fGDnqpft9f
— DCHS Alexandria, VA (@DCHS_AlexVA) October 20, 2020