Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, you can help Alexandra House raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence. Awareness months are an easy and effective way for the community to get involved in our work and to support Alexandra House. We welcome you to participate in our upcoming events and initiatives. Domestic Violence Awareness Month helps us spread the word about our free and confidential services, and also helps us educate our community about this issue.


Quad Community Press Article: Shine a Light on Domestic Violence - 10/12/23

Yard Sign Campaign

This October, we are challenging our Anoka County community to become involved and more educated about domestic violence. Please join Alexandra House in observing October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month by placing one (or more) of our signs in your yard. Learn how to get your own DVAM Yard Sign. Residents and businesses can make a donation, and get a purple light bundles with lawn signs at:

  • Alexandra House, Andover Campus
  • Alexandra House, Blaine Campus
Purple Lights Campaign

Shine the Light on domestic violence by displaying purple lights at your workplace or residence in October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our county-wide campaign invites area residents, businesses, and organizations to shine purple lights on their front porches, front windows, or other public displays the entire month to remember the victims and honor the survivors of domestic violence. The symbolic color of domestic violence is PURPLE. Learn how how to get involved.

Purple Lights Campaign Participants


Wear Purple on #PurpleThursday

We all have a role in promoting healthy relationships and building a healthy community. Join us in purple on Thursday, October 19.

  • Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as #PurpleThursday, will be observed Thursday, October 19, 2023
  • Use wearing purple as a conversation starter and share why ending domestic violence is important to you.
  • Share photos of you wearing purple with Alexandra House on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.
    @AlexHouseMN, #PurpleThursday, #DVAM2023
  • Alexandra House has prepared printable signage and photo props for you to download and print to use in your photos
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Ask Me Why I Wear Purple Initiative

We challenge our community to join us in wearing purple and sharing with those who ask, WHY they wear purple. Purchase an Ask Me Why I Wear Purple button here. We wear purple to:

  • Call attention to the fact that domestic violence continues to be a profound and pervasive social and public health crisis, crossing lines of class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality
  • Serves as a reminder that thousands of Minnesotans, most often women and children, are affected by domestic violence
  • Let victims of domestic violence and abuse know that they are not alone or ignored and that there is help available for themselves and their families
  • Raise awareness about domestic violence and stand with survivors

What else can I do to help end domestic violence?

Speak Out

Talk with a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor about domestic violence. Talking about domestic violence helps to erase the stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported. Learn more about what to say on our Domestic Violence page.

Join the Conversation Online

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to view and share our posts and videos for the month of October.

Use Our Zoom Meeting Backgrounds

Download and install one of our custom Zoom Meeting backgrounds this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and help us raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the need for resources to help survivors.

Steps to download a Zoom background: 1) Click on the download link, 2) Right-click on the image, 3) Select ‘Save Image As’, and 4) Save it to your desired location.

How to Use A Virtual Background in Zoom: 1) Sign into Zoom, 2) Click Settings, then Backgrounds, 3) Click Virtual Background, and 4) Click an image to select the desired background or add your own image by clicking +Add Image. To disable Virtual Background, choose the option None.