Alabama Capitol turns purple for domestic violence awareness

Published: Oct. 7, 2016 at 2:01 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2016 at 2:36 AM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For the second year, the Capitol will be lit purple in honor of those who lost their lives to domestic violence.

Community members gathered on the front steps Thursday evening to hold up the light against domestic violence.

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence brought together state leaders, community groups, and members of law enforcement to acknowledge and honor domestic violence victims and promote awareness.

The ACADV urges everyone to listen more and judge less.

Statistics show that one in every three women is a victim of domestic violence.

The vigil served as a call to action and a celebration of empowerment with emotional guest speakers sharing true and raw stories of just how prevalent domestic violence is in our communities.

"Six-hundred-twenty victims are served each day in this state, there are more than 20,000 phone calls that are made to our domestic violence hotline and no one is immune so we all need to be a part of the solution," said Patricia Butts, executive director of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

"If everybody doesn't realize that one in four women are victims of domestic violence, then they don't understand the prevalence and that your next door neighbor can be a victim, and the lady you sit beside in church may be a victim, and you could become a victim yourself," said Susan Shipman, executive director of Second Chance.

Officials urge everyone to program the Alabama Domestic Violence Hotline into their phones. The number is 1-800-650-6522.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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