October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness month, made possible through the efforts of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981. The Purple Heart is presented to members of the military who have been wounded while serving. The color purple can also be seen as a symbol of pain and suffering, much like the bruises victims of domestic violence sustain. But for the survivors of domestic violence who have been wounded physically and emotionally, the color purple can be a symbol of courage, survival, peace, honor, and dedication to the eradication of violence. The nation has come together to mourn those who have died as a result of domestic violence, to celebrate those who have survived domestic violence, and to connect those who are struggling with domestic violence with advocates and resources.
The City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department are working with the community to reduce the damage from abusers and change the culture that domestic violence has entrapped. In the last few years, the number of offenses has decreased, but the number of cases filed by detectives has increased. This equates to the significant success of the Domestic Violence Awareness movement. Victims are no longer hiding in the shadows of their abusers. They are stepping forward, changing their lives, and voicing their adversity. With the help of our city leaders, community leaders, and organizations like Mayor Mike Rawlings, Council Member Jennifer Staubach Gates, the Family Place and the Genesis Women’s Shelter, the Dallas Police Department proudly supports Domestic Violence Awareness month and will continue to fight this battle for those who did not have a chance to and for those who are still struggling.