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These officers aren’t just making a fashion statement. There’s a reason behind all of them choosing to color their hair, and everyone should know it.
Police officers have everyone asking questions after they dyed their hair purple, but that’s exactly the point.
They decided to keep their hair colored the fun shades of purple for the month of October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to raise money for their local Women’s Resource Center.
Now, when the police officers, both off and on duty, and get asked the repetitive question, “Why is your hair purple?” they have a greater opportunity to educate people on domestic abuse awareness.
“Domestic violence is something that we deal with on a daily basis,” one of the officers told . “That said, we know there’s even more of it that goes on that just simply doesn’t get reported.”
In addition to coloring their own locks, along with purple nails and accessories, they have challenged others to join in the movement and also color their hair purple.
“While we realize this will not end the issue, hopefully, it can make a difference in some lives simply by grabbing the attention of victims/witnesses and education them on the many options they do have to remove themselves (and children) from dangerous situations," they wrote on .
More and more people have been joining the efforts and shared pictures of their own purple hair on Facebook.
In a comment on Facebook, they also took the time to point out that domestic violence isn’t an issue that solely affects women.
“Men are also victims of domestic violence,” the department wrote. “They account for 15% of reported incidents (...) but it’s not always reported as it should be.”