Wear Purple Day on Oct. 21
REACH of Haywood is urging everyone in the county to wear purple on Thursday, Oct. 21, to show support for healthy relationships and to stand against intimate partner violence in our county and around the world. This is a nationally recognized awareness initiative. Purple ribbons to wear are also available for free from the Within Reach Resale Store at 456 Hazelwood Avenue, starting Oct. 18.
REACH of Haywood provides sanctuary to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen and elder abuse. Among other services, they offer emergency shelter for those escaping intimate partner violence as well as elder (over age 55) abuse of an intimate or non-intimate nature. All their services are free and confidential. In addition to sheltering, REACH offers a 24-hour helpline, legal and court assistance with protective orders (DVPO, 50-Bs, etc.), therapeutic counseling, referrals to other local agencies, community education and prevention programs (Safe Dates in middle schools) and housing assistance for clients.