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October kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted at 5:02 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 09:10:52-04

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence is doing their part to raise awareness. 

From August of 2018 there have been 55 domestic violence-related deaths in Arizona, 14 of those in Pima County, according to Emerge!.

The local organization will be hosting several events throughout October in order to help victims of domestic abuse.

On October 18, Emerge! will be taking part in "Wear Purple Day" and they encourage the public to do the same in an effort to paint Pima County purple for an important reason. 

"So while it's symbolic that people wear purple, that symbolism is actually important because what it does is it tells victims that person cares about this issue and they might be a safe person to talk to if I need to reach out for help. It shows that we are standing in solidarity with those victims," said Ed Mercuri-Sakwa, the CEO of Emerge!

On October 19, Emerge! will host their "Stuff the Truck" event in Oro Valley. That event will go from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be located at the Target on 10555 N. Oracle Rd.

The second "Stuff the Truck" event will be held in Tucson on October 26. The event will begin at 7a.m. and end at 6 p.m. and will be held at Sam Levitz located at 100 N. Pantano Rd. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, there is a 24/7 crisis hotline you can call, that number is 888-428-0101

You can also find services that can help on the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse website