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Brooklyn Park goes “purple” in October to raise awareness of domestic violence

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Sept. 24, 2019 – Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The proclamation supports the city’s Human Rights Commission’s second annual purple light initiative to shine the light on domestic violence, an awareness effort that encourages everyone in the city to replace their outdoor lights with a purple lightbulb.

“Our city hall sign and other lights on city buildings will be replaced with purple lightbulbs for the month of October,” said Mayor Lunde. “Domestic violence is a problem across this country and we know it’s an issue here in Brooklyn Park. We want to help support survivors and encourage our residents in a tough situation to reach out for help.”

In Brooklyn Park, police respond to an average of nearly 2,000 domestic violence related calls a year. However, Lunde fears there are far more impacted in our community.

“We want residents to know we have resources within the Brooklyn Park Police Department to help them find shelter, to file a protective order or to talk about their current situation,” said Lunde.
Cornerstone, an organization that works to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, has staff within the Brooklyn Park Police Department so they can quickly respond to and help victims of domestic assault.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the city’s Human Rights Commission will host a panel discussion with Cornerstone and several organizations at Hennepin Technical College to discuss the issue of domestic violence in Brooklyn Park.

Starting today, residents are encouraged to stop by City Hall and the Community Activity Center to pick up a free light bulb. All participants can send photos of their light bulbs in use to communications@brooklynpark.org. The pictures will be shared on the city’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Every Monday in October we will feature videos and facts on our social media pages to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence in our community. Join the conversation using the hashtag #WeAreBrooklynPark.

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can seek help 24 hours a day by calling the 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-866-223-1111.

There also are programs that provide direct services to victims, including counseling and emergency shelter. Information about those programs is available at www.brooklynpark.org or at www.brooklynpark.org/domesticviolence.

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