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(HOUSTON) — The Houston Area Women’s Center is urging Houstonians to think purple in an effort to stop domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  To mark it, The Women’s Center is asking Houstonians to wear purple on October 7.

“Domestic violence affects everyone,” said Rebecca White, President and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center.  “It does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, race, geography.  It knows no boundaries; it affects us all.”

According to White, in Harris County last year, just under 30,000 cases of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement authorities.

White said recent news reports about domestic violence have brought the issue to the forefront.

“Given what’s been in the news recently, it’s not as easy to ignore it,” White said.  “It is right there and so, the more we talk about it, the more we understand it, the more we support survivors, the more we hold perpetrators accountable, the sooner we end it.”

White said the Houston Area Women’s Center’s 24-hour hotline gets 40,000 calls every year and wants anyone affected to know there is a way out.

“We want those who have experienced violence or are experiencing violence to know they’re not alone, that it’s not their fault and that help is available,” White said.

The Houston Area Women’s Center hotline number is (713) 528-2121.  It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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