The city of Avondale is lighting up the streets purple this month to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise has issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Avondale, and the palm trees in the median along Avondale Boulevard, as well as the trees along Western Avenue in Old Town, are lit purple to raise awareness.

Each year, the nation observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The observance dates back to 1989, when the passage of Public Law 101-112 by the U.S. Congress officially designated October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and called upon the people of the United States to become more aware of the tragedy of domestic violence, support those who are working to end domestic violence, and participate in other meaningful ways.

Purple is the nationally recognized color signifying domestic violence awareness. Regionally, communities are also lighting up with purple lights. Avondale Boulevard, the trees along Western Avenue and the city’s police building at the Civic Center complex will be lit purple each evening in the month of October. The Arizona State Capitol dome and buildings across the Valley are also lit purple as a symbol of strength and hope in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.

For domestic violence resources and information, visit azmag.gov or acesdv.org.

Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit thehotline.org. Anybody fearing for their immediate safety at home or the safety of a loved one should call 911; Avondale Police Department community services advocate office can also be reached at 623-333-7219.