Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been observed since 1981 as a way to connect advocates, activists, legislators, communities, victims and survivors in ending violence.

Thousands of organizations across the country work each day to assist victims and families affected by domestic violence, helping them secure the safety, services and resources needed to live healthier lives. Locally, Someplace Safe assisted at least 1,638 victims of domestic violence this past year, according to a news release.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity for the community to get involved in ending violence throughout October by supporting victims or survivors.

Someplace Safe invites the community to participate in the Day of Purple on Oct. 24. On this day, many community members will wear purple clothing as a way to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence while bringing hope to survivors in the community. To request free materials contact your local Someplace Safe office or email newsletter@someplacesafe.info.

Donations can be online at someplacesafe.info/donate or by dropping off at a Someplace Safe office.