Maricopa County employees will wear purple tomorrow to demonstrate their commitment to ending domestic violence, part of a month-long education effort across county government.
Earlier today the Board of Supervisors adopted a proclamation declaring October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” an annual recognition that aims to support survivors and reduce intimate partner violence in our community.
“Intimate relationships can bring out the best in us, and they can also bring out the worst,” said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. “But there is never an acceptable reason for a partner to become verbally or physically abusive. If you’re in a situation like that, Maricopa County and our community partners have resources to support you financially and emotionally.”
As part of this year’s campaign, Supervisor Gallardo is hosting employee education events at various county locations all week. These events will include resource tables and, in some cases, speakers. The Maricopa County Administration Building at 301 W. Jefferson St. has been lit up purple all month. And tomorrow (October 19), county employees are encouraged to wear purple to work to signal their support for the campaign.
Beyond the annual awareness effort, Maricopa County continues to invest in solutions for residents impacted by intimate partner violence. Over the past year, Maricopa County’s $10 million investment to assist domestic violence survivors has helped 31,506 unique clients with shelter, counseling, legal and financial assistance, and other services that can help them leave their abuser and establish independence and security. The county’s investment focuses on trauma-informed domestic violence interventions led by trusted community partners such as the Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.