Wear purple in support of domestic abuse victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and events are scheduled to help boost public awareness of the important topic.The month-long emphasis kicks off on Thursday with “Wear Purple Day”. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Also Thursday is a press conference and awards ceremony at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Gov. Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Young Women’s Christian Association, Domestic Violence Intervention Services and Verizon Wireless Oklahoma also are encouraging Oklahomans to support victims of domestic violence and to help raise awareness on Thursday.“Domestic violence affects many people in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said.  “I strongly believe that taking a stand against domestic violence as well as reaching out to help victims is important for our community. I am encouraged by the efforts of OCADVSA, YWCA and DVIS and Verizon Wireless Oklahoma to raising awareness within our state. I encourage all Oklahomans to wear purple on Oct. 3 to show their support for the victims of domestic violence.”Purple is the symbol of the domestic violence awareness movement. Across the country, families and friends of victims have worn purple clothing or ribbons to remember and honor loved ones who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.In addition, throughout the month of October, there will be a HopeLine phone collection box at the LeFlore County District Attorney’s office on the third floor of the LeFlore County Courthouse. If you have a no-longer-used cell phone of any type, drop it off and Verizon will refurbish the phone and send the proceeds to nonprofit agencies that serve domestic violence victims and advocates. Phones that cannot be refurbished will be recycled in an environmentally safe way.On Oct. 16, Assistant District Attorney Holly Cinocca will be presenting a training seminar for law enforcement entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Responding to and Investigating Domestic Violence Cases” at the Kiamichi Technology Center. All officers of any law enforcement agency are invited to attend and will receive Continuing Education credits. In addition, the Women’s Crisis Center will be participating in the “Stand Up and Speak Out” event at the Poteau Reynolds Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be educational material, booths and blowups for the kids, all designed to raise awareness of domestic violence and to help victims find support and help.