By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Next month, Oshawa is going to be seeing a lot more purple.
The Violence Prevention Coordination Council of Durham is launching its annual Shine the Light campaign, teaming up with other communities across the province to raise awareness of violence against women and the resources that are available for those in need.
“The purpose (of the campaign) is to raise awareness of domestic violence, to get everyone talking about purple as a way to discuss domestic violence and to let victims know that they are not alone and that resources are available no matter where they live,” says Michelle Moody of the Survivor Advocacy Committee of Durham.
Things get underway in Oshawa on Nov. 2 with a tree lighting ceremony at 33 McGrigor St., the home of YWCA of Durham.
Throughout the month, organizers are calling on local businesses to get involved, asking restaurants to launch purple-themed drink and food specials, with a portion of the money raised going back to help anti-violence efforts.
As well, organizers are asking for everyone to paint their left ring finger purple as a sign of solidarity.
Moody says the events throughout the month will also serve as a way to help those in need know that there are resources available close to home.
“The more people that take advantage of the fact that we’re accessible, the better,” she says. “The more men we can get on board, the more youth we can get on board, the more women that are either victims of abuse and don’t know where to turn to for resources or are survivors of abuse and have a reached a stage in their healing where they want to become advocates, they need to know where to go.”