'Lighting Arizona Purple' kicks off domestic violence awareness across state

State marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month by lighting the capitol dome purple.

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is set to light the state capitol building's dome purple once again to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. 

The University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Lottery Building and Maricopa County will also be lighting purple.

“If there is one thing we need to correct with regard to how some people view verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, it’s this: Domestic violence should never be seen as something that only happens to ‘someone else," Ducey said in a release.  “In 2015, we suffered 107 known deaths related to domestic violence, and children witnessed domestic violence every 44 minutes. That’s not ‘someone else.’ That is all of us.”

The lighting of the capitol will kick off a month-long campaign: Lighting Arizona Purple or #LightingAZPurple. The campaign is a symbol of Arizona’s dedication to reduce the number of people suffering domestic abuse.

According to a release, Ducey sent a letter to all 92 Arizona mayors urging them to participate in domestic violence awareness activities. Avondale, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Glendale, Peoria and Yuma are among some of the other cities expected to be lighting municipal buildings purple.

The governor's office is also encouraging Arizonans to light their homes purple for October and post pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LightingAZPurple.  

The Home Depot will be selling purple light bulbs at all Arizona store locations, with a portion of the proceeds going to support domestic violence prevention.   

The 2nd Annual Lighting Arizona Purple event will be held Oct. 3 at the state capitol in Phoenix from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information and registration, visit www.itcanstop.az.gov

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