Tucson goes purple to stop domestic violence

Tucson goes purple to stop domestic violence

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A local resource center is asking Tucson residents to wear purple and to drop off a few donations Friday to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Both events are part of a month-long campaign including public service announcements, billboard and posters.

Emerge! is spearheading the effort. The organization provides emergency shelter services in addition to crisis intervention, individual and group support, life skills development, prevention and community education.

The donation drive is set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The "Starting Over Supplies for Survivors" drive will benefit Emerge!'s Center Against Domestic Abuse. The group is asking for new pillows and bedding, towels, personal care items, cash donations and gift cards to places like Home Depot, Target, Walgreen's and grocery stores.

Emerge! will collect the donations in the parking lot next to Bookman's near the intersection of East Grant Road and North Campbell Avenue.

Donations can always be brought to the Emerge! Administrative Offices, 2545 E. Adams St., weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to Emerge!, someone dies in Arizona as a result of domestic violence every three days. Last year, the 24-hour Emerge! bilingual crisis line answered nearly 6,000 calls from victims of abuse and provided nearly 19,700 safe nights to those fleeing abusive situations.

Tucson News Now wants to see you participate and wear purple. Please snap your photos and upload them to our See It, Snap It, Send It page by email the photos to pics@tucsonnewsnow.com.

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