Today, the Village is wearing purple in support of #PurpleThursday and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The statistics are indeed staggering and the issue is one which deeply touches our Village community – residents, clients, staff, neighbors – women in general. But the connection to homelessness is especially profound.
National statistics tell us that 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. Here in DC, a study found that two-thirds of women report abuse, violence, or trauma as somehow related to their loss of safe and decent housing.
Half of the women arriving at our Village’s front door report domestic violence as a direct cause of their current crisis.
So today, we wear purple for everyone affected by domestic violence – no matter who or where you are as you read these words. We are here to say that we see you, we hear you, and we believe you. You are worthy of respect. And you are not alone.
Every woman deserves a safe and dignified place to call home. Never give up.
In solidarity with survivors and in gratitude for those who keep the doors of this Village open every day,
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village