Kenneth P. CotterSeal of the State of Indiana
St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney
10th Floor County-City Building
227 W. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601


Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20th, 2016

Contact:   Jessica McBrier
    Director, Media Relations


National Purple Thursday was October 20, 2016.
Meghan Rans

St. Joseph County National Purple Thursday was October 20, 2016. On this day, people wear purple-the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month-to support survivors of domestic violence and bring attention to ending domestic violence. 

Staff members from the Special Victims Unit division of the Prosecutor’s Office wore purple in support, as did detectives from the Special Victims Unit. They are pictured here with some of our community partners at the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County and the CASIE Center.

Meghan Rans

Here are some statistics on domestic violence, from the YWCA of Northern Indiana’s website (

 Domestic Violence Facts:

  • As reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women-more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US along-the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents' domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

In our Office and in our Special Victims Unit, we recognize that domestic violence happens across racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds. There is not a “typical” domestic violence victim---a domestic violence victim can be your neighbor, your best friend, your child’s teacher, a close relative—or you.

We want to let survivors know that domestic violence is not acceptable, and there are resources available in our community.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help out there and your well-being and safety are important. You can call your local law enforcement agency to file a police report; but we always encourage you to call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate danger.

Please call the YWCA, the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, or the S-O-S 24 hour crisis line if you need help. These agencies provide services and referrals to domestic violence victims. Further local agencies and resources are also listed on our website under "Contact Information".