They've been put up as part of a campaign to remind Darien residents about domestic violence. With 116 domestic violence calls to town police over the past year, it's one of the more frequent crimes in town (as it is in many places), and the Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership wants you to know about it and what you can do if you're confronted by it.
As an announcement posted on Darien Patch says:
"The ribbons serve as a reminder that there is help for those personally affected and those who know someone who is affected by relationship abuse. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center has many confidential services and a 24-hour hotline 1-888-774-2900."
(If you're in an emergency, call police at 911. For non-emergencies, you can also call Darien police at (203) 662-5300.)
Here's what the card attached to each ribbon says:
Darien Domestic Violence Abuse Partnership
- Three women are murdered each day through acts of domestic violence
- One in three women are victims of dating violence
Each of the purple ribbons around town represents a domestic disturbance call made to the Darien Police Department this year.
Are you or someone you know being abused?
24-Hour Hotline 1-888-774-2900