Purple lights – Shine a light, save a life

Chilliwack, Upper Fraser Valley

2021-09-28 11:09 PDT

File # Purple Light Nights

The RCMP invite the public and media to virtually join us and our community partners for the annual Purple Light Nights tree lighting ceremony to mark October as Domestic Violence awareness month.

Date: Friday October 1, 2021.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
To view ceremony: Facebook / Instagram

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The month of October has been internationally recognized as the month to increase awareness of domestic violence issues and its effects on children and families. Purple Light Nights is how Chilliwack 'shines a light' on this campaign which originated in King County, Washington in 2006. Purple being the signifying colour, the Chilliwack RCMP Detachment is illuminated with purple lights for the entire month.

A tree-lighting ceremony is being held outside of the RCMP Detachment on October 1, 2021 with the community agencies engaged in this initiative including Chilliwack RCMP Victim Services, Specialized Victim Assistance Program at Chilliwack Community Services, Ann Davis Transition Society, and Wilma’s Transition Society. Due to Covid-19, this ceremony will unfortunately be closed to the public.

The Chilliwack RCMP is proud to again be part of Purple Light Nights which brings awareness to such an important issue in our community, says Corporal Carmen Kiener of the Chilliwack RCMP Domestic Violence Unit. Intimate Partner Violence doesn’t discriminate based on Socio-economic status, age, sex, or sexual orientation, it can affect anyone. Purple Lights outside of the Chilliwack Detachment let victims know they are not alone and that there are many services available to them when they are ready to ask for help.

For the month of October, there have also been numerous silhouettes placed throughout the City of Chilliwack. They are a visual representation consisting of life-sized, red silhouettes of women, men and children murdered in acts of domestic violence. Each red silhouette represents a woman/man/child who once lived, worked, raised children and played amongst us. They were daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, friends, neighbours, children, new partners or husbands and employees. Because these women, men and children no longer 'have a voice', the silhouettes are called Silent Witnesses.

Domestic violence is a crime often unreported. We urge anyone who suspects or has knowledge of someone who is a victim of domestic violence, to report this crime to police, states Corporal Carmen Kiener of Chilliwack RCMP.

Released by

Cpl. Carmen Kiener

Media Relations Officer
Chilliwack RCMP
Office: 604-393-3013

Email: UFVRD_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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