More than 12 million men and women are victims of domestic violence each year in the United States, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. That is an average of 24 people a minute experiencing violence from their intimate partner.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the City of Irving is shining a light on this silent crime throughout the month.
For the health and safety of the community, Illuminate Irving will not feature an in-person event this year. Instead, the Irving Family Advocacy Center (FAC) will offer residents “to-go” kits that will include a variety of materials individuals can take home to decorate lanterns in honor of a domestic violence victim.
Lantern decorating kits can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Sept. 28 at the Irving FAC, 600 W. Pioneer Drive, while supplies last.
After decorating lanterns, participants can perform a lantern release at home in a pool, bathtub or any container filled with water. Individuals are encouraged to take a photo or video of the lantern release and submit it by Oct. 16. Photos and video will be used in an Irving Domestic Violence Awareness Month video.
During the last week in October, the Irving Police Department (IPD) will share the Domestic Violence Awareness Month video on its social media accounts, featuring resident submissions, as well as survivor stories and a performance from the Nimitz High School choir.
Show Support with Purple
The FAC and IPD encourages the Irving community to support and honor domestic violence victims and survivors by displaying purple lights or ribbons in their neighborhoods, offices and businesses the entire month of October. Individuals also can wear purple ribbon or attire to support the awareness campaign.
Additionally, businesses and individuals can share photos of their purple support on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #IlluminateIrving and #DVAM.