Governor Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) and Verizon Wireless Oklahoma are encouraging Oklahomans to wear purple Thursday to show support for victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness of this rapidly-growing crime.

“Domestic violence affects many people in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “I strongly believe that taking a stand against domestic violence as well as reaching out to help victims is important for our community. I am encouraged by the efforts of OCADVSA, YWCA and DVIS and Verizon Wireless Oklahoma to raising awareness within our state. I encourage all Oklahomans to wear purple on Oct. 3 to show their support for the victims of domestic violence.”

Wear Purple Day in Oklahoma will take place on Thursday and is one of the public awareness events planned in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Purple is the symbol of the domestic violence awareness movement. Across the country, families and friends of victims have worn purple clothing or ribbons to remember and honor loved ones who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.