Sheriff Craig Webre and District Attorney Cam Morvant are once again encouraging Lafourche Parish citizens to Paint the Parish Purple during the month of October in order to help raise awareness of domestic violence. The public is also invited to attend a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 at the Lafourche Central Market in Raceland as we remember the victims of domestic violence and honor the survivors.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office, and The P.A.C.T. Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center have teamed up with CASA of Lafourche, The Haven, and South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority to sponsor the Paint the Parish Purple initiative. Collectively, they are encouraging every citizen wear a purple ribbon during the entire month of October while letting others know the meaning behind the ribbon. For the third straight year, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Lafourche Parish and designating October 28, 2015, as “Paint the Parish Purple Day.” Citizens are asked to wear purple all month long, especially on Wednesday, October 28, which is also the date of the candlelight vigil.
“Our agency continues to be a strong advocate for awareness of domestic violence,” said Sheriff Webre. “We are consistently working with lawmakers to enact legislation to help prevent domestic violence, and to ensure victims have the rights and the actual ability to seek help and escape a cycle of violence. Our parish-wide display of purple sends a strong message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in Lafourche Parish.”
Citizens are also asked to wear purple clothing and to change outdoor lighting and décor at their homes to purple by using purple lights, displaying purple wreaths, or tying purple ribbons to mailboxes, trees or vehicle antennas. Citizens are also asked to change their social media profile photo to a special purple image of support which can be found on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office website: www.lpso.net. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has turned its social media profile photos purple to help spur this effort.
“We are happy to work with so many outstanding agencies to Paint the Parish Purple in the month of October,” said First Assistant District Attorney Kristine Russell. “The District Attorney’s office has always taken a tough stance against domestic violence offenders in court, and we shall continue to do so. But this initiative also provides us with a good opportunity to remind everyone of the resources we have at our disposal to assist victims of domestic violence. Their safety and well-being are always our top priority.”
For more information about the candlelight vigil or the Paint the Parish Purple initiative, please contact The P.A.C.T. Place at (985) 532-4390, or visit www.lpso.net.