The Haven Wolverhampton Empurple Week

Empurple means ‘to colour or become purple’ – and that is exactly what we want YOU to do for Empurple Week.

Purple is the International recognised colour for campaigns raising money for Domestic Abuse. Purple symbolises justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality.

In the UK, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men will experience Domestic Abuse during the course of their lifetime.

2 women a week being killed by their partner as a direct result of domestic abuse.

The Haven Wolverhampton was established in 1973 to provide emergency accommodation to women and children suffering domestic abuse and homelessness.

To ensure a holistic approach to service provision, in addition to their refuges, they also offer a 24 hour emergency helpline, community outreach, criminal justice support, children and young people’s services, benefits and debt advice, resettlement programmes and more.

The 8 March is International Women’s Day and, rightfully so, kicks off their week of celebrations. The day is a positive celebration observed across the world each year and recognises the economic, financial and social achievements of women, past, present and future.

By embracing Empurple Week, you will be supporting the vulnerable women and children at The Haven Wolverhampton and helping us raise much needed funds to help them rebuild their lives following Domestic Abuse.

There are so many things you can do. Why not host a ‘wear purple to school or work day,’ have a purple cake sale or host a quiz on all things purple? Any event, big or small, will go a long way in raising awareness and improving the lives of women and children affected by Domestic Abuse in Wolverhampton.

The Haven have lots of exciting activities going on during Empurple Week – here is just a snippet:

During Empurple Week, Wolverhampton Magistrates Court will be selling ‘Say No to Domestic Violence’ Ribbons and Badges. They will be holding a Bake Sale and a Tombola to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise awareness and vital funds for The Haven.

The Haven are taking part in a Women’s March through the city on Saturday. They will all be wearing The Haven t-shirts and holding signs with empowering statements on created by their service users.

The iconic statue of Lady Wulfruna at St Peter’s Church will be getting behind Empurple Week by donning a purple sash with ‘Abuse is NOT ok’ and The Haven logo printed on it. This in itself is a symbol of the importance of empowering women in Wolverhampton and nationwide. The sash will be seen on Lady Wulfruna by thousands during Empurple Week and aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse as a national concern. The sash will be in place during The Women’s March as well as on International Women’s Day on the 8th.

Small Wonders, a local play group, support us every year by having a purple play session and donating their subs. All of the children wear purple clothing, make purple crafts for the day and eat some yummy purple cakes – Empurple Week really is exciting to be involved in for all ages!

Wolverhampton Community Sporting Ladies football team will be wearing ‘Say No to Domestic Violence’ ribbons at their match on Sunday 12th March. By wearing ribbons they aim to raise awareness of domestic abuse and of The Haven within the world of women’s football.

Carillion will be celebrating International Women’s Day too and asking staff to make donations online to The Haven – recognising the important link between our many services for women and children in the city and this International celebration.

After The Haven’s rebrand last year, they will also be launching their brand new website on International Women’s Day. Completely made over, The Haven’s website has been given a fresh new look and will become more user friendly – ensuring women in vital need of our support are able to access the help they need quickly.