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LACASA invites the community to shine the light on domestic violence awareness

Purple lights will be illuminated throughout Livingston County this October as businesses and residents join LACASA Center’s “Shine the Light” campaign to raise community awareness about domestic violence.

This is the fifth year the nonprofit has sponsored the county-wide event in remembrance of domestic violence victims and in honor of survivors’ courage. The nonprofit agency also will host its 21st Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

During October, area businesses and residents are invited to shine purple lights around home-fronts or store-fronts. Purple string lights, single purple light bulbs, or battery operated lanterns are available at LACASA for a set donation. Cause posters accompany the lights and feature the message: Domestic Violence Has No Place in Our Community.

“There is power in numbers,” said LACASA Community Education Director, Nicole Matthews-Creech. “We look forward to seeing the county illuminated in purple, the national domestic violence cause color.”

The initiative is part of Purple Light Nights®, a national movement held during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. LACASA was the first organization in Michigan to adopt this program.

“We are excited about the response the campaign continues to receive from the community each year,” Creech said. “Supporters are eager to take the shame out of domestic violence by illuminating purple lights that signify hope and courage.”

The campaign sends a message, according to Creech. “It shows abusers that we will not tolerate violent behavior. It shows survivors that we honor their strength. And, for those still living with abuse, it shows that support and help are available.”

Each year, LACASA provides shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and critical resources for victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault from the community.

LACASA’s 21st Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the amphitheater of Livingston County’s historic courthouse, 200 E. Grand River Ave., downtown Howell.

“We will have purple lights on display during our candlelight vigil,” said Creech. “We also will make some available at the event for residents who wish to purchase them.”

Lights and lanterns are available for a nominal donation at LACASA Center and the LACASA Collection store, 120 W. Highland Road in the Kroger/Crossroads Town Center, Howell. Campaign posters are provided with light purchases at no charge and may be hung in windows or at entrances of homes and businesses.

For information about ordering lights and posters for pickup or delivery, contact Nicole Matthews-Creech at 517-548-1350, or email ncreech@lacasacenter.org. Learn more about LACASA’s “Shine the Light” campaign and candlelight vigil at lacasacenter.org

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ABOUT LACASA: LACASA Center is a locally-based, independent nonprofit providing help and hope for victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence. The organization also spearheads county-wide education and awareness programs, which help prevent abuse and make our community safer. Learn more at lacasacenter.org.

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