Purple Light Walk aims to illuminate issue of domestic violence

CINCINNATI -- Two organizations are teaming up to shine a light on domestic violence.

Women Helping Women and the Cincinnati Police Department will hold the second annual Purple Light Walk at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Purple People Bridge.

The pair is also partnering with the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and other organizations to put on the event and raise awareness about domestic violence.

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"We are pleased to partner with Women Helping Women, the YWCA, and others to shed light on the devastating effects of domestic violence and how we can empower those dealing with these issues in our community," Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said via a release.

People interested in taking part can register online or in person at the event. Registration is free and will begin with a resource fair at 5:30 p.m., a program at 6:30 p.m. and a walk at 7 p.m.

The walk starts and ends at the Purple People Bridge connecting downtown Cincinnati and Newport, Ky.

During the walk, participants will carry purple glow sticks to illuminate the issue of domestic violence.

The walk will loop for about two miles around Great American Ball Park, through The Banks and back again.

"Women Helping Women is proud to team up with the Cincinnati Police Department and our other community partners for a second year to host the Purple Light Walk," Kendall Fisher, executive director of Women Helping Women, said via a release. "This serves as a striking visual reminder that domestic violence is a problem facing women and men of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and abilities.”

Get Help - You Are Not Alone

If you are in fear for your life, you need to contact your area police department immediately or call 911.

If you are in an abusive relationship, speaking up is the first step. Get yourself to a safe area and seek help.

There are many hotlines to call, using an anonymous name. These hotlines will provide ways to deal with your particular situation and if nothing else, are always willing to listen.

If you or someone you know needs somewhere safe to go, there are many Cincinnati area shelters and help centers:

YWCA Violence Shelter & Transitional Housing : 513-872-9259
YWCA Protective Shelter for Battered Persons: 513-863-4762
YWCA Clermont, Brown and Adams Counties: 513-753-4764
Women Helping Women : 513-381-5610
Women's Crisis Center in Ky. : 859-491-3335
Kentucky Domestic Violence Association : 502-209-KDVA
Fair Haven Rescue Mission, Ky.: 606-491-1027

Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court : 513-946-9000
Butler County Domestic Relations Court : 513-887-3100
Clermont County Domestic Relations Court : 513-732-7327
Warren County Domestic Relations Court : 513-925-1344

You can file for Civil Protection Orders  with the court. You can apply for an order by obtaining the paperwork at the Domestic Relations Docket Office at the downtown Cincinnati office located at 800 Broadway, Room 346, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call the police and file a report and they can direct you to the correct office to file for a "restraining" order.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati can provide help and resources: 513-421-3131
Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
Crime Victims Hotline: 886-689-4357
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

To read more on domestic violence, here are some resources:
RAINN

Department of Justice Journal Issue 20.

Break The Cycle

SafeHorizon

Department of Justice Office on Violence against Woman

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