Sunday, October 11, 2009

Paint Penobscot County Purple Oct 12 - 18

During the week of October 12 through the 18, Spruce Run is inviting people to "Paint Penobscot County Purple."

Spruce Run Domestic Violence Project is an organization located in Bangor, ME "dedicated to serving people affected by domestic abuse in our community while working simultaneously to eliminate personal, institutional, and cultural violence against all individuals."

Show support for and honor people directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence by wearing purple, buying a purple light bulb and bathing the outside of your home or workplace in a lavender glow, tying purple ribbons around your mailbox, decorating your desk or sporting a purple ribbon. (These are just some of the ideas provided at this link).

Be creative and have fun...And don't forget to tell the folks around you why you are in such a purple mood!

Domestic violence or abuse "is a pattern of physical, verbal, or sexual threats or aggression used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Abuse can range from emotional torment like name-calling and isolation, to harassment like stalking and intimidation, to violence and physical harm."

None of us is immune. Domestic violence or abuse affects women, men, girls and boys from all walks of life regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, economic status or education.

Together, we can stop the violence.

If you live in Penobscot County, Maine and are concerned about your situation--or what is going on in the life of someone you care about--call the Spruce Run hotline at 1.800.863.9909 or check out the Spruce Run website at