For the first time a global campaign has come to Central Alberta in recognition of family violence for the month of November.  

Purple Light Nights encourages people to place a purple light in their window in support of domestic violence in the community and the people who still live in the abuse.

Sherri Smith member of Soroptimist International of Central Alberta says it's an important issue that needs to be discussed.

“We need people to know that it’s going on because it happens all the time and people don’t even realize it. It’s unfortunate that people have to live that way.”

Smith adds in addition to purple lights there are other ways people can show their support.  

“We actually have blankets that have been given to us to sell. Someone can purchase a blanket for $40 and it says you are needed, you are wanted and you are loved. We are going to give those blankets to people who are in the Women’s Shelter, Sexual Assault Centre or Women’s Outreach.”

Purple Lights are available at the Magdalene House Society, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, the Native Friendship Centre and the Women's Outreach Centre in Red Deer.

Sylvan Lake FCSS and the Penhold Library also have lights, which are being sold for $2 each and $3 each or two for $5.

For more information, you can call Sherri Smith at 403-391-7912 or visit the campaign's Facebook Page: Central Alberta Purple Light Nights.