Eighty-six. That’s how many Arizonans lost their lives due to domestic violence in 2018. Sadly, one in four women and one in seven men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. The trauma and suffering caused by domestic violence destroys families, threatens the safety of neighborhoods, and weakens the ability of communities to thrive. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and communities throughout the Valley are marking the occasion with events, seminars, training sessions, fundraisers, and collection drives. Municipalities across the region are lighting their buildings purple while elected officials and employees alike wear purple to honor survivors. A gallery of these photos is available on the Domestic Violence Awareness Month page .