Sheriff Craig Webre and District Attorney Cam Morvant are encouraging all Lafourche Parish citizens to “Paint the Parish Purple” during the month of October in order to help raise awareness of domestic violence. The public is also invited to attend a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 at the Reservoir in Thibodaux near the Warren J. Harang Auditorium as we remember the victims of domestic violence and honor the survivors.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office, and The P.A.C.T. Place Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Center have teamed up with The Haven and South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority to Sponsor the “Paint the Parish Purple” initiative. They are asking each citizen to wear a purple ribbon during the entire month of October and to let others know the meaning behind the ribbon. Additionally, at next week’s meeting of the Lafourche Parish Council, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph will sign a proclamation designating October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Lafourche Parish and designating October 16, 2013 as “Paint the Parish Purple Day.” While citizens are asked to wear purple all month long, they are especially encouraged to wear purple on Wednesday, October 16, which is also the date of the Candlelight Vigil.
“Paint the Parish Purple” is not just about wearing a ribbon. Citizens are also asked to wear purple clothing and to change outdoor lighting and décor at their homes to purple by using purple lights, displaying purple wreaths, or tying purple ribbons to mailboxes, trees or vehicle antennas.
For users of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we are asking individuals to change their profile photo to this special PROFILE PURPLE image (on the left). The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has turned its social media profile photos purple to help spur the effort.
Sheriff Craig Webre explained why the color purple is used. “Purple represents the courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence,” said Sheriff Webre. “The color also has a long history of being used as a symbol for seeking justice. The display of purple throughout our parish conveys the powerful message that we will not tolerate domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, or schools.”
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputies made 114 arrests for Domestic Abuse Battery in the first six months of 2013. In 2012, deputies made 256 arrests, up from 179 in 2011.
“Since taking office, we have always taken a hard stance against domestic violence,” said District Attorney Cam Morvant. “Obviously, domestic violence cases can be challenging, because they are not as ‘straight-forward’ as other crimes, but our reward comes through the peace of mind we can give the victims by knowing they are safe and that justice has been served.”
For more information about the Candlelight Vigil or the Paint the Parish Purple initiative, please contact The P.A.C.T. Place at (985) 532-4390, or visit www.lpso.net/PURPLE.