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The Covington Domestic Violence Task Force (CDVTF) was formed in June of 2004 by Victoria Throm and Curt Lindsley. In September 2006, the task force became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Victoria is the Personnel and Human Service Analyst for the City of Covington and a survivor of domestic violence. Curt is a former resident and pastor and now lives in Nashville, TN. Both Curt and Victoria saw the need to provide awareness education to the community and business leaders promoting healthy relationships while giving support to victims of domestic violence, and conduct fundraising projects to further these goals. Victoria is the Director and CEO of the Covington DVTF.
In the fall of 2006 Victoria presented the idea of a Purple Light Nights® campaign to the Covington DVTF for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Knowing that purple is the symbolic color of domestic violence the task force embraced the unique concept and the Purple Light Nights® campaign was conceived. Victoria's vision and goal was to see purple lights shining across the country and across the world.
Over the next nine months the task force ‘labored’ over the development, marketing, ordering, and processing of the campaign. Victoria shared the idea with the Domestic Violence Task Force Collaborative (made up of eight neighboring cities), local service clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, members of the medical field, the media, businesses, elected officials, and the Washington State Attorney Generals Office. The campaign was well received by everyone and in October 2007 the Covington DVTF gave birth to Purple Light Nights®.
The Purple Light Nights® name and logo have both been approved for Federal trademarks of the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force. The purpose of the trademark is to create a brand that will unify the campaign in order to be recognized around the world. The goal is to grow the campaign world-wide so purple lights will be seen on porch lights or business windows in every country. We believe that by promoting the Purple Light Nights® campaign, we will send a consistent message, providing an opportunity to develop public awareness of domestic violence issues and build on healthy relationships.
There is POWER IN NUMBERS. PLN has grown from a local PLN campaign to a global campaign in 23 states, Canada, and Guam!
We encourage you to join us, wherever you live, and hold a Purple Light Nights® event in your city or county or country. Please click on “Get Involved” for instructions, downloadable templates, and forms that are available for you to use and edit to fit your specific group. This is also a great opportunity for a fundraiser to help support the work of your task force or organization.
The Covington Domestic Violence Task Force promotes a strong message that “Domestic Violence Has No Place in Our Community” through collaborative leadership, communication, education to promote healthy relationships, and victim support.
- Provide education to promote healthy relationships to youth and adults.
- Increase awareness of domestic violence and how it affects the community as a whole.
- Provide assistance and service referrals to victims and their families.
- Work to support policies that meet victim needs and hold perpetrators accountable.
- PLN was the 2010 Winner of the national Communitas Award in the Community partnership category.
- CDVTF was City Pride trophy winner at the 2010 Covington Days Parade
- Received 2009 Washington State Proclamation for Purple Light Nights® issued by Governor Christine Gregoire
- 2008 Association of Washington Cities Certificate of Distinction Award for Purple Light Nights®
- Victoria Throm served on the 2009 Legislative Work Group making critical changes to Washington State laws regarding domestic violence.
- Victoria Throm received the 2007 Take Action Award by the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her work on Purple Light Nights®.
- Washington State Rep. Pat Sullivan, District #47
- Jeff Wagner
- Michelle Burnett
- Margaret Richter
- Curt Lindsley
- Victoria Throm
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE OFFICERS:
- President, Victoria Throm
- Treasurer, Keith Beach
- Secretary, Noreen Beaufrere
OFFICIAL NATIONAL SPOKESWOMAN FOR PLN
Tracie Stafford, Mrs. California Globe 2014