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'Paint Phoenix Purple' to Fight Domestic Violence in October'Paint Phoenix Purple' to Fight Domestic Violence in October<div class="ExternalClass3E2847F405A740998B878BE28C104A1E"><p>Today the city of Phoenix, O’Connor House and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence kicked off the “Paint Phoenix Purple” campaign in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  </p><p>Because the city is committed to becoming a national leader in preventing and ending domestic violence, city departments will help raise awareness about the need to end domestic violence by “painting” the city purple throughout the month of October.</p><p>“Domestic violence is an issue that affects the lives of so many people - the victims, their families, their friends and their children - and stopping it is a priority for our community,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “The display of purple is a reminder that Phoenix is committed to doing everything possible to achieve that goal.”</p><p>Through “A Roadmap to Excellence” plan that was launched in October 2013, the city of Phoenix in collaboration with various agencies and organizations has accomplished the following:</p><p>Through an Order of Protection Pilot Project, the city removed victims from harms way during the order of protection service process and provided enhanced advocacy services.  As of June 30 of this year, 70 Orders of Protection obtained through Municipal Court under this pilot program were served successfully.  </p><p>The Phoenix Police Department, in coordination with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Scottsdale Healthcare Forensic Nurse Examiners, developed procedures to enhance prosecution of domestic violence through increased evidence collection. Since January 2013, forensic nurses performed 590 domestic violence strangulation exams.  </p><p>The Mayor and City Council were instrumental in the allocation of funding to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to create a centralized intake system.  As a result, last fiscal year 6,600 calls were received with 1,600 screened for emergency shelter.  Additionally, 359 individuals/families were evaluated by a City Housing Specialist with 52 percent or 186 people placed in permanent housing.</p><p>“Combating domestic violence takes total commitment from the entire community,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor, chairwoman of the Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education Subcommittee, which oversees the city's efforts to combat domestic violence.  “The city will continue to strive to be a national leader in domestic violence prevention and I encourage everyone in the city to Paint Phoenix Purple in October to show our commitment.”  </p><p>Residents also can show their support for the second annual campaign with displays of purple.  People can install a purple light bulb on their porch, wear purple clothing on Fridays, tie a purple ribbon on their car antennas, etc.   Displaying purple throughout the community sends a strong message that there is no place for domestic violence in the workplace, homes, neighborhoods or schools. </p><p>Together, the community can raise awareness about domestic violence and its impact on families.  Statistics show that one in four women and one in seven men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.     </p><p>For more information about the Paint Phoenix Purple campaign, visit paintphoenixpurple.org.  If you or someone you know is in need of victim services, call the city’s Family Advocacy Center at 602-534-2120 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.</p></div>10/2/2014 4:00:00 PM(Media) Alejandro Montiel602-534-3443