Domestic Violence Awareness

Wear purple in October; Join AJPD and help stop family abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Apache Junction Police Department encourages everyone to join with us in recognizing the on-going societal issue of domestic abuse in our country. On Tuesday, October 2, Chief of Police Thomas E. Kelly will receive a City Council proclamation at the City Council meeting at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. Please wear purple to show support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.  This will kick off the community’s effort to prevent violence before it occurs.

The city will have purple silhouettes at city hall and the police department to remind the public of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Citizens are invited to attend other events that will commemorate the campaign:

  • Governor Doug Ducey’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family will Light Arizona Purple on October 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the lawn of the House of Representatives, 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ
  • Pinal County’s candlelight vigil, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Florence, AZ

CAAFA is a community partner of the city of Apache Junction in providing services that include advocacy, education and other types of support for victims of violent crimes. They are located at 879 N. Plaza Dr., #101D, Apache Junction, AZ  85120.  Their telephone number is 480-982-0205, or the Crisis Line is 480-982-0196.

Additional purple banners will be displayed along Phelps Drive, and purple ribbons and markers will be displayed at city hall and the police department.

Tips for violence prevention:

  • Talk with family members about ways to settle disagreements
  • If guns are in the home, discuss safe handling and storage
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Agree how to guide your children if an argument occurs
  • Work with police, schools and other community groups for larger concerns

Please join us this month to take a stand EVERY month against violence.  Together we can make a difference. Stop the violence!

Photo above: Purple silhouettes at city hall and the police department remind the public of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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