October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Here's How To Get Involved

by Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Community Spotlight Downtown Phoenix Inc. October 1, 2021

Phoenix “paints” City Hall purple for its 9th annual domestic violence awareness campaign Oct. 1-29, 2021. (Photo: City of Phoenix)

If you see purple lights shining on City Hall, purple posters or banners hanging around Downtown Phoenix — it’s to signify Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Paint Phoenix Purple” is a local awareness campaign brought to you by the City of Phoenix in collaboration with more than 50 community, private and public organizations.

Domestic violence is one of the most widespread and dangerous health and safety challenges in Phoenix today, according to a report by the City. Statistically, one in four women will experience domestic violence and one in five teens will be the victim of dating abuse. Someone dies every three days from a domestic violence incident in Arizona. For the thousands of children who witness domestic violence, they are statistically more likely to drop out of school, abuse alcohol and drugs, and go on to perpetuate the cycle of violence in their own lives.

Displaying purple throughout the community during the month of October expresses the shared message that there is no place for domestic violence in our community’s homes, neighborhoods, schools or workplaces. The City’s Paint Phoenix Purple campaign has made significant strides since launching in 2013 by educating and providing resources to thousands of people.

What you can do during Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Paint Phoenix Purple Donation Drive

From Oct. 1-29, Downtown Phoenix Inc. is hosting a donation drop-off bin supporting the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Items can be donated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1 E. Washington Street, Suite 230. You can also make drop offs at the Human Services Department (City Hall, 18th floor), or any Phoenix public library.

Suggested items:

  • Full-size toiletries and personal care items (hairbrushes, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • New socks and undergarments
  • Home cleaning supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
  • New prepaid cell phones
  • Diapers
  • Face masks
  • Pet supplies (dog and cat food, litter boxes, litter, leashes, collars, bedding, etc.)

Make a monetary donation to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Click here to make a secure donation.

Attend a seminar

Facts and Misconceptions about Domestic Violence Facilitated by: Marina Jessop – Chicanos Por La Causa

Thursday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Click here for the meeting link.

Meeting Number: 2465 232 6892

Password: Purple2021

Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) Webinar

Tuesday, Oct. 19 from10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Click here for the meeting link

Session Password – 2021PPP


Read more about domestic violence in this report by the City of Phoenix: “Road Map to Excellence: Making the City of Phoenix a National Leader in Preventing and Ending Domestic Violence.

Get help

If you or someone you know needs victim services, please contact:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • Phoenix Family Advocacy Center: 602-534-2120