October stands as a significant month as the nation observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Ross steps forward in alliance with the U.S. Department of Justice to mark the occasion. The aim is to honor the memories of victims, celebrate the resilience of survivors, and acknowledge the relentless efforts of those who support them — from advocates and service providers to the justice professionals, law enforcement, and first responders.
The detrimental effects of domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence can resonate for years. Disturbing statistics suggest that nearly one in four women and one in seven men will face severe forms of domestic violence in their lifetimes. As such, this month serves as a call to action, an appeal to everyone to be more conscious about this pressing issue and actively participate in curbing these heinous acts.
In a show of solidarity, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama are promoting “Purple Thursday,” scheduled for October 19, 2023. Everyone is encouraged to don purple as a gesture of support for the survivors and a testament to the commitment to ending domestic violence.
Offering his comments on the matter, Acting United States Attorney Ross said, “Domestic violence wreaks havoc on individual lives, families, and the broader community. It’s our collective duty to combat it.” He further added, “By collaborating with partners across federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, we’re harnessing every available resource to tackle the systemic challenge of domestic violence.