Why are Santa Monica lanterns glowing purple?

In recognition of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month during October, the City of West Hollywood will, throughout the month, focus awareness efforts on highlighting the impact of domestic violence/intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community and through the lens of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) and will share information and resources with the community about intimate partner violence.

The globe lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Robertson Boulevard and Hancock Avenue in the City of West Hollywood will glow in purple through Oct. 10 in recognition of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive more than 20,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute.

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, which is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. It occurs in same- and opposite-sex relationships, and among those who are married, in long-term, and short-term relationships. Domestic violence can take many forms; in addition to physical abuse, it can include sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, controlling behaviors, isolating behaviors, and economic abuse. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence can occur in LGBTQ relationships at rates equal to or even greater to that of cisgender/heterosexual relationships. Statistics indicate that:

  • 44 percent of lesbians, 61 percent of bisexual women and 35 percent of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes;
  • 26 percent of gay men, 37 percent of bisexual men and 29 percent of heterosexual men experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; and
  • The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that more than half (54 percent) of transgender and non-binary respondents experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

The following resources are listed on the City’s website at www.weho.org/lgbtq

If you or someone you care about has been a victim of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual assault or stalking, there are resources to help:

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at https://ncadv.org offers comprehensive information about warning signs of domestic violence and abuse.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline website at www.thehotline.org offers immediate help 24/7/365 via the “chat now” button on the website or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or texting LOVEIS to 22522, and for people who are Deaf/hard of hearing: 1-855-812-1011 (VP) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

Immediate help is also available via the Los Angeles County DV Hotline 24 hours day by contacting 1-800-978-3600.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers domestic violence/partner abuse counseling services geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by contacting (323) 993-7649.

Jewish Family Service LA’s “ JFS Hope” domestic violence services provides compassionate, personalized services to survivors of domestic violence through a trauma-informed lens. All services are free of charge and offered in English and Spanish. JFS Hope offers domestic violence counseling and support, and runs 2 emergency shelters and one transitional shelter. They also offer two 24-hour domestic violence crisis lines: 818-505-0900 and 323-681-2626. More information can be found at www.jfsla.org.

Peace Over Violence provides one-on-one intervention in sexual assaults, domestic abuse, youth violence, and child abuse by contacting the 24-hour hotline (310) 392-8381.

Love Is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline provides 24/7 intimate partner violence help and support to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 by contacting 1-866-331-9474; TTY 1-866-331-8453 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

The SPCA-LA Animal Safety Net provides temporary homes for pets of domestic violence survivors by contacting 1-888-527-7722.

For more information about Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month, please contact City of West Hollywood Community Programs Coordinator Larissa Fooks at (323) 848-6413 or lfooks@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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DesertBob
DesertBob
17 days ago

Might as well have them purple….they’ve been useless for street illumination since some doofus in the ’80s thought they were “pretty” in the ’90s, long after the scourge of cityhood arrived. Street lighting fixtures are generally not called “lanterns, ” either…they’re called “luminaires.”

Last edited 17 days ago by DesertBob
kab1200
kab1200
13 days ago
Reply to  DesertBob

Pretty sure you are the doofus. They are talking about the lanterns, not the street lights. DOH!

Val
Val
17 days ago

I thought rainbow people were supposed to be unicorns

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
18 days ago

the lights will make a big difference. well done WH. LOL

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
17 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

No good intention goes unstoned, eh, Hammy? Why don’t you crawl back under yours and quit annoying people…

Sage
Sage
16 days ago
Reply to  Rudi Logan

Why get so mean? Ham is simply the resident sardonic sage if I could take the liberty to call him that.

kab1200
kab1200
13 days ago
Reply to  Sage

No, he’s not, he is a crabby old man, who hates West Hollywood. He is not sardonic at all. Never a positive thing to say. He is a very sad person.

kab1200
kab1200
13 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Ham, when are you moving out of West Hollywood, you really seem to hate it here.

Stripe & Yellow
Stripe & Yellow
13 days ago
Reply to  kab1200

There is never an excuse for mean. Look up Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and let the elephants introduce themselves to you, There is not a higher illustration of compassion, trust and community among the rescued elephants who have been struck by the most tragic events. Big lesson to the Hooman community.

No Crony
No Crony
21 days ago

https://www.foxla.com/news/la-metro-hotline-costing-taxpayers-thousands-per-call-whistleblower-alleges-cronyism

Not being a Fox fan but here is the article. Seems as though this is another aspect of the exponential self fulfilling prophecy of the Feminists. Never thought its was a good idea as it was from beginning something that would get under the skin of men. Ladies, conduct your self as a responsible, evolved human not inciting or magnifying issues that are within your own grasp. How you are perceived is often how you present yourself and if you are always looking for trouble you will find it……and attempt to capitalize on it.

Crony corrector
Crony corrector
21 days ago
Reply to  No Crony

I’ve never looked for trouble but I have been harassed at work including being grabbed and subjected to inappropriate sexual suggestions that had nothing to do with my job. And, I consider myself lucky since I know several women who experienced assaults and one who was raped. I understand your concern over this hotline, but suggesting that feminism or women who are “looking for trouble” are the root cause of female sexual harassment ignores the inability of men to behave appropriately and simply respect women. Seems your comments fell short of acknowledging the role of men and undeservingly placed the… Read more »

No Crony
No Crony
21 days ago

Not at all. A quote came up today after posting that comment which I echo. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, We are challenged to change ourselves”. Victor Frankel One can be an example of how they wish to be recognized and treated hopefully being cognizant of natural male instincts. We are not cave people but folks that have an ability to control their actions…when to stay, when to go and when to diplomatically avoid a problematic situation. The point of the hotline was not my concern rather the way as I mentioned, an opportunity for… Read more »

Crony corrector
Crony corrector
20 days ago
Reply to  No Crony

“We are not cave people” and “natural male instincts”? So a woman’s recourse when being subjected to unwarranted harassment at work is to leave? Women have financial needs and dependencies like their children and families. That makes leaving a job because of harassment difficult or impossible at times. Your solution of deal with it or remove yourself from the situation forgets that harassment often occurs when there is an imbalance of power. Avoidance doesn’t work when the aggressor is your boss. Again, you’re offended when a few women seem to gather to support advancement and protection of women but you… Read more »

No Crony
No Crony
20 days ago

The very name “Crony corrector” seems an indicator of your thinking. First, be wise enough to select the job that will not “subject you to unwarranted harassment” you feel destined to endure because of “financial needs and dependencies”. How about fulfillment, how does that enter the picture? If you don’t see the potential of your boss as the aggressor, that is also up to you, your choice of how to handle it. You assume I am offended by women gathering support and protection but give a pass to men to manage their own behavior. Incorrect on both. Folks have it… Read more »

Crony corrector
Crony corrector
20 days ago
Reply to  No Crony

Your comments are actually anything but thoughtful as they assume victims of abuse are to blame for not making better choices. You further suggest that gay women self impose harassment. It is the false narratives of dignity and discretion that lead many victims to never speak out and sets a framework for unchecked predatory behavior. You seem o use that same false narrative to suggest that lesbians who live openly welcome or promote their own harassment. Yikes! And as for quoting people, you may want to actually spell your sources accurately. As holocaust survivor, Frankl also noted that we can… Read more »

No Crony
No Crony
20 days ago

My sincere apology for transposing the name of Victor Frankl. I claim responsibility for a technological error which was neither intentional or uninformed. You have elected to make many assumptions and strayed far from the original comment to seemingly make a case for justifiable aggression or retribution for whatever has occurred in your personal life. We all as women encounter similar situations but chose to handle them differently. It’s as simple as that. If you choose to assign my personal perception of dignity and discretion as a false narrative, that is your choice. It is wrong. We evidently come from… Read more »

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
17 days ago
Reply to  No Crony

I don’t know from Victor Frankl/Frankel, but I do know the Wilde work is “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Yours must be truly gruesome just about now.

No Crony
No Crony
17 days ago
Reply to  Rudi Logan

Here he is again, sarcastic Mr. Know It All. Unfortunately you seem to have missed the point of the entire dialogue……..it had to do with unnecessary aggression, confrontational attitudes and how to disengage so one doesn’t become a victim. I believe if one does not disengage they eventually become the the point of DG. OK? Peace.

Cy Husain
19 days ago
Reply to  No Crony

NEWSFLASH the 19th Century FAUX News is tabloid trash produced by its owner, Rupert Murdoch, for the promotion of extreme right-wing views without much regard for the truth. Their claims of the LA Metro Sexual Harassment Hotline “costing the taxpayer over $8000 a call” are a completely debunked miscalculation and, they FAIL to produces ANY sources backing their claim. Looks like another attempt at victim blaming and, when the FACTS don’t help them they LIE

Whoa!!!!
Whoa!!!!
19 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

“Idiots are neither planned or planted.
They just pop up on their own.”

Cy Husain
19 days ago
Reply to  Whoa!!!!

The evidence points in the other direction ❗ MOST of the COVID-19 denial posts calling for reopening are bots, as opposed to posts by the general public. The same pattern is seen with postings that are hostile to Environmental, Racial, Economic, Gender and LGBTQ+ issues.

DesertBob
DesertBob
17 days ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

True. Most people are completely unaware of the legions of bots activated by the uber rich and loony far right since 2014. Trump bots caused Yahoo News to finally shut down their notorious comment boards, long a haven for far-right loons. In the 2012 election cycle, the boards there and on AOHell were invaded by hoards of drug-addled Ron Paul fans (I call him “KoOkY L. Ron Paul”), and other far-right operatives took notice. By 2014, actual “comment bots” were deployed on a number of mainstream sites, which were hard at work by the time the fat orange glob declared… Read more »

WehoFan
WehoFan
16 days ago
Reply to  DesertBob

You have Trump derangement syndrome.

Curious
Curious
21 days ago

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl sits on Peace Over Violence’s advisory board. The low call volume ends up costing $8,450 per call.

(Mentioning this outrages Shyne, Horvath and Erickson.)

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