During April 18-24th, 2010, communities across British Columbia observed Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, (a time to focus on a crime that Statistics Canada reports 1 out of 4 women in Canada experience every year.) The New Westminster Community Action Committee for Women Who Have Experienced Violence promoted local awareness and public education through a purple light campaign at New Westminster City Hall and up and down 6th Street.
The City issued a proclamation to recognize the campaign and hung strings of purple lights in support.
Purple Light Nights™ started in Covington, WA, in 2007 and has grown internationally. Using the color purple, which is recognized as the international color symbolic of domestic violence, the goal of the initiative is to strongly promote the message that: “Domestic Violence has NO PLACE in our Community”