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Purple Light Nights return

Light the town purple.

New Westminster’s Monarch Place transition house for women wants residents and businesses to participate in the third annual Purple Light Nights to raise awareness about domestic violence.

They want purple lights to shine during crime awareness week April 6-12 and prevention of violence against women week April 13-19.

The concept originated in King County in Washington State in 2006 and came to New West in 2012.

Monarch spokeswoman Adele Thompson said although the awareness of issues surrounding domestic violence is much higher than decades ago, the need to highlight them haven’t disappeared.

She said domestic violence is still happening. However, what Monarch has noticed is women in abusive relationships are more willing to get out of them and move onto healthier ones.

“It would likely suggest we’ve got a new generation of people who are abusive,” said Thompson.

She noted there are organizations working with men who are abusive but they’re not as prevalent as the ones that deal with their victims.

“When those programs will start to be more commonplace we’re going to see more of a change,” said Thompson.

The highlight of Purple Light Nights will be April 14 when a vigil will be held at city hall starting at 6:30 p.m. prior to that evening’s council meeting.

Buy strings of lights for $10 or $20 each from Monarch by calling 521-1888.

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