October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office helped begin the month raising awareness of the seriousness of family violence when District Attorney Rod Underhill and members of the Victim Advocate Program attended the Vigil for Domestic Violence Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Gresham City Hall Conference Center. The Multnomah County Youth and Family Services Division, in conjunction with Representative Carla Piluso, Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson and the City of Gresham sponsored the evening of understanding and remembrance. Survivors, family, friends, elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates and community members participated in a showing of support and collaboration to help end the violence.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 members of the District Attorney’s Office raised awareness of domestic violence by displaying or wearing purple. Dubbed “Purple Thursday,” the day was established to recognize victims and to support survivors of domestic violence.
Throughout the month, members of the Victim Advocate Program spoke at a number of locations including Mt. Hood Community College, Clackamas Community College and Pioneer Pacific College providing information and resources to groups and classes.