October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month

     It’s official!  It’s purple month.
   
     Now, you may ask: “’ Purple month’?  What the heck are ya talkin’ about?” 
 
    Well, let me to explain.  You see, we wear purple—actually, a purple ribbon—as a symbol used to honor victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence/abuse, which is generally referred to as Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A) in the LGBTQ community.  And, October has been designated as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
 
     During DVAM, survivors of abuse, their loved ones, victim advocates, allied professionals, and the community come together to mourn the lives lost to domestic violence and Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse.  Also, the progress that has been made to end this epidemic is acknowledged and celebrated.  And so importantly, DVAM provides a golden opportunity to connect with others working to create change.
 
     In support of this critical awareness initiative, “The IPV/A Chronicles” will feature articles throughout the month of October.  It’s my continuing effort to shine a bright light on this demoralizing and potentially life-threatening cycle of abusive behavior.  Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence is a grave and pressing societal ill that can—and must be—eradicated.
 
     So, stay tuned right here at Wyattevans.com!  ‘Cause it’s all about The Purple.

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