Go Purple for Domestic Violence tomorrow
Safe Ireland is partnering with An Garda Síochána for this year’s Go Purple campaign tomorrow, Friday 29th April, to create national awareness of domestic abuse and to consolidate community partnerships between Domestic Violence Services and An Garda Síochána.
The event was piloted last year as a local initiative by Garda Stacey Looby, who is based in Athlone. However this year, with the support of Minister Helen McEntee, the campaign is being rolled out across the country.
Safe Ireland is calling on people to show support for victims of domestic violence by going purple at home, in the workplace or the community, and in turn to donate to their local domestic violence support service.
Speaking to the campaign, CEO Mary McDermott explained that communities have always been crucial to the local response to domestic abuse, but since the outbreak of Covid, communities across the country have demonstrated incredible willingness to resist the increasing threats to the safety of women and girls. The Go Purple awareness day is an opportunity for frontline services to partner with the Gardaí in their area to engage everyone in a show of solidarity and resistance to violence.