Holyoke Canal lit up purple to honor victims of domestic violence

21 people have died from domestic violence across Massachusetts

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Womanshelter/Compañeras hosted a “Purple Light Nights” in Holyoke, Thursday night.

The Holyoke Canal was lit up with purple lights to honor victims of domestic violence across the Commonwealth, and celebrate the survivors. The community met at Heritage Sate Park as victims and survivors shared their stories.

A spokeswoman of the Womanshelter/Compañeras, Marie Nathan, told 22News escaping domestic violence is incredibly tough, but not impossible. “There is also always help. Don’t be afraid. Speak up. Come look for us. Contact the hotlines, and contact the police department. We are here to help you.”

So far this year, 21 people have died from domestic violence across Massachusetts.

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