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 help us educate our community on our issues.

Purple Challenge 2020

This year, we are holding a Purple Challenge, which is a virtual fundraiser and public awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the need for resources to help survivors. The Challenge begins Thursday, October 1st, and runs the entire month of October. All funds raised will provide life-changing crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to help empower domestic violence survivors to build safer lives for themselves and their families. Join us by donating to our Purple Challenge 2020 virtual fundraiser, start your own fundraiser, or ask a friend to host one! It’s an easy way to promote our work while encouraging your loved ones to get involved and make an impact.

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. If you would like a yard sign, please contact us at 763-795-5471 or

Purple Lights Campaign

Shine the Light on domestic violence by displaying purple lights at your workplace or residence in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our county-wide campaign invites area residents, businesses, and organizations to shine a purple light bulb on their front porch, front window, or other public display 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.

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 22nd.

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. Ask Me Why I Wear Purple buttons will be available soon. 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.



  • 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).

Zoom Meeting Background

  • Download and install one of our custom Zoom Meeting background 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.


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