Silke Deeley, director of Liberty House, wants the community to support the first Day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Deeley said there have been 67 deaths by domestic violence in Georgia this year.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Silke Deeley, executive director of Liberty House, wants the community to decorate doors or mailboxes with purple ribbons. In fact, she wants to hang one on every business downtown, she said, to support the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to Deeley, the color purple was chosen by the National Coalition to Prevent Domestic Violence to represent the domestic violence prevention movement.
"Across the country, family and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted," Deeley said. "In the state of Georgia this year, 67 persons lost their lives as a result of domestic violence and that's up from last year. It's important we provide a united front that domestic violence is no longer acceptable in our communities."
Deeley said she was denied in her attempt to hang ribbons at either the government building or the county courthouse.
"I think it's because they don't understand," Deeley said. "I certainly hope that we get enough of these ribbons spread through downtown that by their absence people will notice the Government Center and the courthouse are not doing anything about domestic violence. I was told that people would think someone died. Yes, someone did die -- 67 people died."
According to Deeley, "Tie a Purple Ribbon" is a prelude to other Liberty House events, including the Awareness Luncheon and 6th annual Butterfly release on Wednesday and the Candlelight Vigil and Silent Witness Walk on Oct. 25.
Liberty House provides safe shelter and services for victims of domestic violence in Dougherty and 16 other Southwest Georgia counties. For information, contact Liberty House at (229) 439-7094.