Why the color purple?
For more than 30 years a number of sources have been credited with originating the use of purple ribbon as a unifying symbol of courage, empowerment, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic abuse. Although the exact history of the purple ribbon is difficult to pinpoint, across the country, families and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Purple Ribbon Council’s vision is to build on this longstanding level of awareness by conveying the message that together, we can end this social disease by preventing it before it starts and interrupting the cycle before it is too late.
When & Where
Purple Ribbon Council
Founded in August 2006, Purple Ribbon Council’s mission is to raise awareness and engage everyday people in the prevention of domestic abuse.
We meet this mission through community engagement, prevention education and training, restorative interventions, and cause marketing partnerships that Break the Silence, Break the Cycle, Save Lives.
Purple Ribbon Council’s programs and services complement existing institutional prevention methods by going deep into communities to leverage front-line “natural helpers” in grassroots prevention, advocacy and outreach that supports, benefits and empowers the most silent victims such as those who do not seek shelter and children orphaned by domestic violence.