Commissioners Turn ‘Welcome’ Sign Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness
Clark County commissioners turned the lights on the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign purple today in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Every person deserves to live a life free from violence. If you are a victim, or if you suspect someone close to you is a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233),” Commission Vice Chairman Larry Brown said.
“Too often victims feel trapped and alone. We are here today to say that you are not alone. No one deserves to be abused,” Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said.
“Domestic violence is a terrible crime that tears families apart. The purple lights will hopefully show victims that we care about them and that help is available,” Commissioner Susan Brager said.
“Education and awareness can identify potential problems and help victims speak out,” Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the Clark County Commissioners for recognizing the importance of bringing awareness to domestic violence. Thank you for taking a stand and speaking out,” said Christina Hernandez, director of the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women's Center.
Changing the lights to purple on Monday was done to coincide with the 20th annual Take Back the Night event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is in unincorporated Clark County. The newly purple light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.