Purple Cleats and Domestic Violence Awareness
As we hope many of you know, it’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the NFL, October means a sea of pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness, which the Steve Smith Family Foundation commends and also supports; however it’s our primary mission to bring awareness to domestic violence. With that being said, you may have caught me rocking custom purple cleats on the field. No, it’s not just because they match my uniform, but that doesn’t hurt! We hope that every time you see or wear the color purple you will think of the faceless victims, and that you will all take a moment to familiarize yourself with the plaguing epidemic of domestic violence, joining us in the pursuit to end it.
What is domestic violence, you ask? Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.
If you are in a domestically violent situation and in immediate danger please call 911. If you are in a place that is safe to talk, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. They will help assess your situation and link you to your nearest domestic violence program for help.