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While most people associate October with the color orange, the staff at The Bridge are hopeful that residents of the area wear something purple.

They also invite the public to a community event designed to promote awareness of what people can do to end domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The Bridge provides services to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault.

This month, The Bridge is hosting events for:

  • Honor and celebrate the survivors.
  • Raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence.
  • Unite people to work together to make communities safer.
  • . People are encouraged to wear purple on this day. Participants can email a photo of themselves or themselves and their friends, family, colleagues and pets dressed in purple to: [email protected] for posting on the agency’s social media pages.
  • The vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 at the Olson Student Center on North Logan Street on the University of Midland campus. Masks are required in accordance with Midland policy. The event will feature guest speakers and the Fremont Middle School Choir will sing.

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The public is invited to remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence and to celebrate the survivors.

Suzanne Smith, Managing Director of The Bridge, encourages the public to participate.

“We hope people will attend the vigil to support efforts to end the abuse that is happening in our community and across our country,” Smith said. “It’s an opportunity to hear firsthand the impact of violence on someone’s life and learn what each of us can do. It is from 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. I hope people find the time to join us. Is it worth it!”

Intrepid 5K Virtual Run and Walk Against Domestic Violence.

  • This event is scheduled for Oct 31 – Nov 6. During this week, participants can run or walk their 5K at their own pace on any course, including a treadmill. Proceeds will go to services that support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Those interested in participating in the virtual race can find the link to register and the link to purchase a t-shirt on The Bridge’s Facebook page. Participants can also show their support by posting their time and a selfie using the hashtag # TheBridgeFearless5k.

The Bridge serves residents of Burt, Cuming, Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties.

All of The Bridge’s services are free, confidential and available in Spanish.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, you can speak to a lawyer on the 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-721-4340.

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