October #TipsForTransformation: The Purple Flower
We are deeply honored and humble to support The Purple Flower for the month of October \through our #TipsForTransformation donations, the art show “Art of the Drum”, Mojo’s Vinyl Happy Hour and Trivia with Jake.
About Purple Flower
On Dec 31, 2012, a young mother, Laura Aceves, lost her life trying to escape her abuser. She was murdered, her 4 month old child was left by her side. At that time, we learned there were no services for women in the county.
The Purple Flower grew out of a response to Laura’s death, so that no more women would be without help in Carroll County, AR. We opened our doors December 2, 2014 in a small store front on North Springfield Street in Berryville, AR. In February 2016 we moved to an office diagonal to the County Courthouse in Berryville.
About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a serious and widespread problem. In the United States, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience contact sexual violence*, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and report negative impacts such as injury, fear, concern for safety, and needing services (CDC, 2017). Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnicity, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. However, the burden of domestic violence is not shared equally across all groups, with women and many racial/ethnic and sexual minority groups being disproportionately affected.
* Contact sexual violence includes rape, being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
Why Purple Flower
The Purple Flower is a unique, grassroots, rural model that provides domestic violence and sexual assault services on a budget that is sustainable to our area. We operate using the empowerment model, recognizing that the survivor is the best person to make decisions in their life. We offer a non-judgmental, non-discriminating safe environment where we welcome survivors as they are. In 2020, over 75 new cases have been opened. This is a real issue. That’s 75 who had the courage and ability to make that call to The Purple Flower.
• Services at the center include, but aren’t limited to, Crisis Advocacy & Support, hospital advocacy for sexual assault victims,assistance with completing paperwork for Orders of Protection and Victim Compensation claims, Domestic Violence education for survivors, employers, family and friends, connecting survivors with community resources, legal aid, on-going survivor individual support and connecting survivors to transportation, shelters and the court advocacy program.
• 7 day a week Crisis Line (479) 981-1676
• Court Advocacy Program-helping survivors understand how the court system works, prepare for court and offering support at Order of Protection hearings.
• Transportation program -provides emergency transport to safe shelters either directly or through use of the bus when criteria is met.
• Training, membership to local and state-wide coalitions, community domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention education.
• An active and ongoing commitment to making Carroll County a safer and more aware community.
If you would like to make a direct contribution to the Purple Flower, you can do that here: