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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence Roundtable’s Purple Lights Campaign

Why are those buildings purple? Purple, it is said, is the color of courage, survival, honor, and hope. It is also the color recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place each October. During this month, domestic violence service providers use the color purple to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence and the 3 to 4 women and girls who are murdered each day in our country within intimate relationships. Some people in witness and protest wear purple clothing, attach a purple pin, or tie a purple ribbon around a tree. Last year, we at Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, in collaboration with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist went beyond that. We lit several faith and public buildings in purple. Some of you may have seen it.

It was a beautiful and dramatic display that both honored those lost to domestic violence and brought awareness to the community that domestic violence has no borders. We want to do that again this year, bigger, brighter, and more powerful than ever.

There are two main ways to participate in the purple lights campaign. Those representing Public Buildings and Faith Communities may request to participate by emailing Lauren Montanaro, Chair of the Program Committee for the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable at Homeowners may also take part by installing purple bulbs in their door and porch lights and their lampposts.  An effective 4.5 watt Feit purple LED Electric bulb is available inexpensively and locally at Ace Hardware in Wayland.

To learn more about the work of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, please visit our website at

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