In observance of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Powerlines Community Network (led by Agape and its community partners), Ashley Furniture, and LEDIC Property Management collaborated to hold an event called Purple Light Nights on Friday, October 14.

This event was designed to raise awareness of domestic violence and its affect upon children and families and provide education on building healthy relationships to the residents of Autumn Ridge Apartments in Hickory Hill.

Purple Light Nights encourages residents to shine a purple light on their front porch, hang a string of purple lights in business windows, and decorate trees with purple lights – all in an effort to send the message that “Domestic violence has no place in our community.”

This local event honored fallen victims Ashley Scott, Charlene Gaither and Taffi Crawford. Autumn Ridge residents received information from The Exchange Club Family Center, Crime Victims Center and even a self-defense demonstration from black belt, Andre’ Mays.  There was also a book signing by Kamekio Lewis, author of Looking 4 Love In All the Wrong Places.  In addition, Joyce Parkinson, founder of Walking Into A New Life, shared encouraging words and an account of her personal testimony with attendees.