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Purple Light Nights return April 15-28

It’s time to shine a light and save a life, says the New Westminster Community Coordination for Women’s Safety.

The organization is putting together its third annual Purple Light Nights campaign April 15 to 28. The intent is to remember victims who lost their lives from domestic violence, support those who survived, and provide hope for those living with abuse.

During the campaign individuals and businesses are asked to show solidarity by displaying lavender lights because the colour purple is recognized as an international symbol of domestic violence. This is the third year it will be held in New Westminster. A candlelight vigil is being held at city hall on Monday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Strings of purple lights can be purchased from Monarch Place Transition House for $20 by calling 604-521-1888.

The campaign points out, according to Statistics Canada, more than 100,000 women in B.C. experienced violence by a partner between 1999 and 2004, with 40 per cent reporting their children witnessed the abuse.

 

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