An annual awareness campaign hosted during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

In 2014 alone, 248 Orders of Protection were issued in Monroe County, Tennessee. Throughout the month of October, the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Madisonville will be adorned with teardrops hanging from the trees in representation of those victims that obtained Orders of Protection.

Unfortunately, it is believed that up to 70% of the domestic violence that occurs globally every day is never reported to anyone. This means that there are at least 550 additional victims of violence in Monroe County that did NOT report it, seek protection or get assistance! To serve as a voice for the “Silent Victims” there will be a dramatic display at the Monroe County Health Department illustrating a domestic dinner that is a scene of reality for so many.

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and is affecting more and more men each year. It destroys the homes of newlyweds as well as long marriages, the lives of both the rich and the poor, and it occurs in the lives of young people and old alike. Violence knows no boundaries and causes toxic and traumatizing anxiety and fear in more than just the life of the direct victim. Violence affects children, loved ones, and friends of victims too.

The display of purple throughout the community conveys a powerful message that there’s no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its citizens. There is a way out. There IS hope available! Monroe County has a federally funded (free to you) Victim Serving Agency, a shelter for victims, and the resources available to help those in need. Knowledge is power, help us spread the word about the help that is available!

It is the desire of Monroe STOPe (Standing Together Offering Protection and Encouragement) to make it possible for any and every business, home, organization, office etc. to participate in the Paint the Town Purple Domestic Violence Awareness campaign. It is our pleasure to provide FREE purple ribbons, pins, magnets, flyers and other awareness materials to you and/or yours on request!

Call Monroe STOPe at 423-519-1232 to request a ribbon or other materials today! Help us STOP Domestic Violence!