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Sunshine Shoe Box has a mission of helping children experiencing a crisis in their life.  We have found a real need with the children that are living in and around domestic violence.  The information on this page will help in understanding domestic violence and the affects it has on the innocent children.



 Purple Ribbon Symbolism

The symbol of the Domestic Violence Movement is the purple ribbon. The exact history of the purple ribbon is somewhat difficult to pinpoint. Over the years, a number of sources have been credited with originating the use of the purple ribbon as a unifying symbol of courage survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Across the country, families, and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Shelters and local battered women’s programs use the purple ribbon to raise awareness about the crime of domestic violence in their communities. The purple ribbon also has been recognized by state legislatures in proclamations commemorating October as National Domestic Violence Month. In addition to the demonstration of support for victims and advocates, the display of purple ribbons throughout a community conveys a powerful message that there’s no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its citizens. (Adapted From National Resource Center’s DVAM Tips Tactics and Resources 2001).

Defining Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can be defined generally as "a pattern of assaultive and/or coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as economic coercion, that adults use against their intimate partners to gain power and control in that relationship.  Research shows that even when children are not the direct targets of violence in the home, they can be harmed by witnessing the occurrence of such violence. The witnessing of domestic violence can be auditory, visual, or inferred, including cases in which the child witnesses the aftermath of violence, such as cuts, bruises, or broken limbs. Children who witness domestic violence can suffer severe emotional and developmental difficulties similar to children who are the direct victims of abuse.

 
   
 

The effects of Domestic Violence on Children 

Domestic violence affects every member of the family, including the children. Family violence creates a home environment where children live in constant fear. Children who witness family violence are affected in ways similar to children who are physically abused.. They are often unable to establish nurturing bonds with either parent.  Children are at greater risk for abuse and neglect if they live in a violent home.