The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita held their annual Purple Walk of Strength on Saturday, October 21 at COC.
Families, couples, people of all ages, and even four-legged friends all came out to participate. The 5k race is held every October for domestic violence awareness month in an effort to raise awareness to the issue.
“[The Domestic Violence Center] helps them come out of the shadows a little bit because it’s a hard thing to stop,” says Pat Battistini, first place winner of the men’s category.
At every mile, volunteers threw clouds of purple chalk onto runners, who were encouraged to wear white for the event. Businesses also came out to sponsor the event with swag bags, food, and more, including LA Fitness and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
The event also included a DJ, raffle, and spontaneous line dancing.
Despite the festivities, no one forgot the importance of raising awareness to domestic violence. Although it affects millions of people each year, domestic violence survivors still struggle to reach out for help.
“One in four women will experience domestic violence. One in six men will experience it, and children are affected by it. So when you’re out there walking, you’re out there by people who’ve experienced the situation and you don’t even know it because it happens to everybody,” says the executive director of the Domestic Violence Center, Linda Davies.
The Domestic Violence Center provides resources for survivors of domestic violence, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling, and legal help. All proceeds from the event go towards these services.
Saturday’s Purple Walk of Strength was the Domestic Violence Center’s sixth one, and many more are planned for the future.