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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Paint the town purple to raise awareness for domestic violence

Paint the town purple to raise awareness for domestic violence

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and District Attorney Cam Morvant are once again encouraging Lafourche Parish citizens to ‘Paint the Parish Purple’ during the month of October in order to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

The public is also invited to attend a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at the Lafourche Central Market in Raceland to remember victims of domestic violence and honor the survivors.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office, and The P.A.C.T. Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center have teamed up with The Haven and South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority to sponsor the Paint the Parish Purple initiative. Collectively, they are encouraging every citizen to wear a purple ribbon during the entire month of October while letting others know the meaning behind the ribbon.

For the second straight year, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has signed a proclamation declaring October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Lafourche Parish and designating October 21, as Paint the Parish Purple Day.

While citizens are asked to wear purple all month long, they are especially encouraged to wear purple on Tuesday, October 21, which is also the date of the Candlelight Vigil. Sheriff Craig Webre said the Paint the Parish Purple initiative is not just about wearing a purple ribbon.

"The spirit of this initiative is to encourage people to begin talking about domestic violence," said Sheriff Webre. "This display of purple sends a powerful message that we will not tolerate domestic violence here in Lafourche Parish. Domestic violence thrives when people are silent about the issue. We want to show victims that they are not alone, and we are here to stand up with them."

Citizens are also asked to wear purple clothing and to change outdoor lighting and décor at their homes to purple by using purple lights, displaying purple wreaths, or tying purple ribbons to mailboxes, trees or vehicle antennas. Citizens are also asked to change their social media profile photo to a special purple image of support which can be found on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office website:

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has turned its social media profile photos purple to help spur this effort.

"We will continue to take a hard stance against domestic violence," said District Attorney Cam Morvant. "Through the continued vigorous prosecution of domestic violence offenses, we can satisfy our primary objective which is the safety and well-being of the victims."

For more information about the candlelight vigil or the Paint the Parish Purple initiative, contact The P.A.C.T. Place at (985) 532-4390, or visit