Purple Ribbon Campaign Over the years, a number of sources have been credited with originating the use of the purple ribbon as a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Although the exact history of the purple ribbon is difficult to pinpoint across the country, families and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Shelters and local victim services programs use the purple ribbon to raise awareness about the crime of domestic violence in their communities.
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In addition to the demonstration of support for victims and advocates, the display of purple ribbons throughout a community conveys a powerful message that there's no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its citizens.
Clothesline Project The Clothesline Project originated with 31 shirts in Hyannis, Mass., in 1990 through the Cape Cod Women's Agenda. A small group of women - many of whom had experienced violence in their own lives - designed the visual monument to help transform staggering statistics about violence against women and children into a powerful educational and healing tool. They decided to use a clothesline after discussing how many women in close-knit neighborhoods have traditionally exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging laundry out to dry.
Silent Witness Display In 1990, a group of women artists and writers, alarmed by the growing number of women in Minnesota being murdered by their partners or acquaintances, felt an urgency to do something that would speak out against the escalating domestic violence in their state. To commemorate the lives of the 26 women who had been murdered that year as a result of domestic violence, they created 26 free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children - whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or acquaintance. A twenty-seventh figure was added to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. The organizers called the figures the "Silent Witnesses."
Brides March The Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk began in 2001 to remember Gladys Ricart who, on September 26, 1999, was murdered by her abusive former boyfriend on the day she was to marry her fiance. As participating women march along in wedding dresses or in all white, this annual event mourns and memorializes the many other victims whose lives have been taken as a result of domestic violence-related incidents, and raises awareness of the seriousness and horrors of family violence.
Empty Place at the Table Data on intimate partner homicide provides a glaring picture of the magnitude and devastating toll that domestic violence can take. Domestic violence is a deadly crime that creates a painful void – a permanent empty place at the table – for families whose loved ones were killed at the hands of abusers. Organized in the 90's by the Women's Resource Center in Scranton, PA and in collaboration with the families and friends of victims, this unique exhibit comprises victims' place settings, photographs and personal items, such as a child's favorite toy or a woman's scarf, as well as newspaper clippings about the homicides.
HopeLine® Cell Phone DriveStarted in 1995, the Verizon HopeLine Program recycles and/or refurbishes cell phones and equipment, in an environmentally friendly way, to be redistributed to domestic violence programs and other organizations that serve victims in need. Organizing a cell phone donation drive is easy and simple to do. All phones and equipment that are collected can be easily dropped off at a Verizon HopeLine donation box in your community.