YWCA to ‘Paint Grand Rapids Purple’ for domestic violence awareness

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – In October, West Michigan will see more of the color purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Experts say 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Charisse Mitchell, YWCA CEO for West Central Michigan, says several domestic violence awareness raising events are planned during the month. The Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids lights up purple in October. There will also be a candlelight vigil on October 11th.

Watch Mitchell’s full interview on The Seven on the video player above.

For more information on events with the YWCA, visit his website.

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