Domestic abuse awareness

Helping Hands Against Violence holds Oct. 12 vigil and Nov. 5 annual fundraiser

Purple ribbons in downtown Hood River serve as a reminder for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Purple ribbons in downtown Hood River serve as a reminder for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple ribbons in downtown Hood River serve as a reminder that one in four women will experience domestic violence — a reality that the staff at Helping Hands Against Violence know only too well.

Helping Hands plans two events to raise awareness of the problem, the first a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. on the lawn at Georgiana Smith Park next to Hood River library.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Helping Hands Against Violence holds its biggest fundraiser event of the year, to support survivors and their families.

“Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence,” said Stephanie Irving, executive director of Helping Hands Against Violence.

“We invite you to show your support and by joining us to honor those lives lost by egregious acts of violence. Stand with us in solidarity to honor those who cannot stand here with us today,” Irving said.

The Oct. 12 vigil will begin with soft music and hot apple cider, followed by comments from Carrie Rasmussen, Hood River County deputy district attorney. All ages are welcome.

Helping Hands is a community supported non-profit organization committed to providing shelter, advocacy and education in the Gorge by serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

More information is available on the Helping Hands website,

6 Simple Assists

Helping Hands suggests six simple local ways to raise awareness of domestic violence:

  1. Participate a short evening candlelit vigil on Oct. 12
  2. Wear the color purple, the symbolic color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  3. Attend Helping Hands Annual Gala on Nov. 5
  4. Make a donation to Helping Hands Against Violence at
  5. Share the cause:
  6. Call Helping Hands, 541-386-4808, and just ask, “What is your greatest need today?”

News and information from our partners


Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site. A user's first several comments must be manually approved by a moderator.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment


Information from the News and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)