October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The Wave nightclub in Norfolk is
helping Samaritan House Paint 757 Purple with its “Purple Rain” event on Friday, October
22. Hosted by Noelia Bella and Jasleane Jade, “Purple Rain” will feature an evening of
drag performances, drinks and dancing to raise awareness of intimate partner violence
(IPV) in the LGBTQ community and raise funds for Samaritan House.
“We are excited that The Wave is helping Samaritan House Paint 757 Purple this year. Not
only will this be a fun event for the community, but an opportunity to raise awareness about how intimate partner violence (IPV) affects individuals in the LGBTQ community and how Samaritan House can assist victims,” said Bobby Hall, Development Manager of Samaritan House.
LGBTQ persons experience unique forms of intimate partner violence as one in four
LGBTQ+ persons are abused by an intimate partner at some point during their life.
Additionally, approximately 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have
experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in
their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women. LGBTQ+ persons experience
distinctive barriers to seeking help as hate crimes and bullying oftentimes make victims of
IPV less likely to seek help.
Attendees are encouraged to wear purple or clothing inspired by Prince. The Wave is
offering Jell-o shot specials, 50/50 raffle and will be accepting donations at the door. Cover
charge is $5 (21 yo +) and $15 (under 21 y.o.) A portion of the cover charge will be earmarked to Samaritan House. For more information, visit: https://outwire757.com/event/purple-rain-at-the-wave-in-support-of-samaritan-house/