Abbotsford businesses and homes are encouraged to hang purple lights throughout October as part of a campaign to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford businesses and homes are encouraged to hang purple lights throughout October as part of a campaign to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Abbotsford News file photo

Domestic violence awareness campaign urges ‘Shine more light!’

Purple Light Nights launches in Abbotsford on Oct. 3

A ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Highstreet shopping centre kicks off the Purple Light Nights campaign to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes the Highstreet plaza being lit up with purple lights.

As well, selected pieces will be displayed from a recent art contest – held to show ideas and creativity in remembering, supporting and giving hope to those affected by domestic violence.

Those pieces will then be displayed at The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) throughout the month, with an opening reception taking place Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, a Trauma Informed Yoga program takes place at The Reach. This event, running from 6 to 8 p.m., includes an interactive lecture and yoga class.

Purple Light Nights originated in Covington, Wash. in 2006 as a way to “shine a light” on the issue of domestic violence, using the symbolic colour of purple.

In Abbotsford, businesses and homes are invited to display purple lights throughout October to symbolize that “domestic violence has no place in our community.”

Abbotsford has taken part in this campaign – organized by Fraser Valley Purple Light Nights – for the past five years. This year, a new logo and slogan has debuted with the theme “Shine More Light!”

Visit facebook.com/PLNFV for more information.

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