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The month of October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the City of Ramsey will once again be participating in the Purple Lights Initiative. The purpose is to raise awareness of domestic violence to spark conversations and actions that work toward prevention and to support existing services in the community that are working to end domestic abuse. The Purple Lights Initiative is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence, mourn those who have died because of violence, celebrate survivors and connect victims to professionals who can help.
Each night, instead of the white light that illuminates Ramsey City Hall, bulbs will be replaced with purple lights to remember those lost due to domestic violence or those currently afflicted by abuse. Additional lighting may be used to illuminate the face of the building, line the fencing, wrap in trees or used within the landscaping on the property.
In past years, the City has experienced the tragedy that results from domestic violence. In 2019 alone, the Ramsey Police Department investigated roughly 39 reports of domestic assault. Additionally, the Police Department responded to 356 domestic-related calls. The true number of incidents within the City can only be estimated as not all incidents are reported.
Domestic violence is a problem that effects every community and Ramsey is no exception. Be a voice for those whose voices have been silenced and report incidents to authorities who can intervene. This sends a message to abusers that violence will not be tolerated and that they will be held accountable for their actions.
There are many organizations and individuals in the community that exist to support victims of violence. The Ramsey Police Department thoroughly investigates all domestic violence calls and actively pursues criminal charges in domestic assault cases. The Police Department works closely with violence prevention organization, the Alexandra House, to provide victims with resources and support. The ultimate goal at Alexandra House is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change through education, support and advocacy.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, call 911 and report the incident. Additional resources can be obtained by contacting the Ramsey Police Department at 763-427-6812 or the Alexandra House 24-hour helpline at 763-780-2330.
We strongly encourage everyone to break the silence on domestic violence and view the purple lights in October as an encouraging, yet unspoken, message of help, hope and healing.