October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Samaritan House of Virginia is planning several events during the month to raise visibility about an issue that has become an epidemic during the COVID pandemic.
The organization is once again working with numerous Hampton Roads’ businesses to “Paint 757 Purple“. Samaritan House promotes these partners throughout the month of October, encouraging the public to come out and support your business and on Paint 757 Purple Day.
The campaign will be featured on the Paint 757 Purple official website and across social media channels.
Other events during the month include three concurrent Hampton Roads Day of Unity Candlelight Vigils tonight to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Southside Candlelight Vigil – 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Fountain Plaza, Virginia Beach Town Center
222 Central Park Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Peninsula Candlelight Vigil – 6 – 7:30 p.m.
The Green at Peninsula Town Center
2551 McMenamin Street, Hampton, VA 2366.
Samaritan House’s Women Against Violence (WAV) group is also hosting the 7th Annual WAV (Women Against Violence) Luncheon to recognize and honor survivors of violence and support the work of Samaritan House in the Hampton Roads community to serve adults and children victimized by violence. This year’s luncheon will feature a powerful keynote address from Melissa Dohme Hill, hosted by TV personality Kristen Crowley, presentation of the Brooke Briggs Community Impact Award and have a virtual attendance option.
The luncheon is Friday, October 8 at the Westin Town Center, Virginia Beach, and tickets are available online.
Since 1984, Samaritan House has provided emergency and permanent housing, support services and community outreach to victims of violence and homeless families in the Hampton Roads region. The organization owns and operates 14 safe houses for emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing violence and those at risk of losing their homes.
Samaritan House clients receive support through case management, counseling, victim advocacy, nutrition assistance, transportation, access to medical care and vocational training. Their children’s program works with youth to establish healthy relationships, build self-confidence, and break the cycles of violence. 65% of the clients they serve are children.