HONOLULU (KHON2) — A sea of purple at the capitol today to spread awareness and support for domestic violence survivors.

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The Hawaii State Coalition against domestic violence held a sign waving event and Gov. Green signed a proclamation declaring October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness’ month.

“We have to ensure that survivors have a place to be, a safe life going forward,” said Gov. Green. “We have to provide services, something that legislature has fought for, for decades that I will fight for with her and with you.”

According to the CDC, 34.7% of women and 24.1% of men in Hawaii have experienced domestic violence in their life.

In a single day in 2022, HSCADV member programs served 839 adult and children victims of domestic violence.

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The event aimed to unite organizations and the community in showing that nobody will stay silent about domestic violence.