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Harbor House Invites Community to Turn Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

5th Annual Purple Porch Project Sheds Light on Alarming Domestic Violence

Screenshot 2023 09 27 142949Staff and volunteers at Harbor House Domestic & Sexual Violence Center are gearing up for the 5th Annual Purple Porch Project, a national initiative that encourages homeowners and businesses to switch out their standard porch lights and outdoor lighting with purple-colored lights throughout the month of October, traditionally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“There has been a significant 40% increase in domestic violence services this year compared to previous years,” said Kristina Kishbaugh, chief executive officer of Harbor House. “The Purple Porch Project is an incredible opportunity for our communities to actively support survivors of domestic violence, raise awareness, and demonstrate their commitment to this cause.”

Purple Porch Project Kits are available for purchase throughout the month of October. Kits available at participating Fox Communities Credit Unions include a purple light bulb and a window cling. Harbor House (720 W. Fifth St., Appleton, WI) is offering kits with two purple light strands and a yard sign. Purple light bulbs are also available at participating Fox Community Credit Unions and at Harbor House. Harbor House is holding special times to purchase Purple Porch Project Kits:

  • September 27 from 4-7 p.m.;
  • October 2 from 4-7 p.m.; and
  • October 6 from 3-6 p.m.

Harbor House is also hosting the Illuminate Hope: Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Klinkner Park (801 Memorial Dr., Chilton, WI). The candlelight walk is being led by Bikers Against Child Abuse International. Refreshments will be served, and Purple Porch Project Kits will be available for purchase from Harbor House.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Purple Porch Project or Harbor House events, contact Kristina Kishbaugh, chief executive officer at 920-955-9120 or
 [email protected].

About Harbor House


To serve all people impacted by domestic and sexual violence, lead the shift in perception of violence, and advocate for lasting social and policy change.


To have our community fully educated and engaging in healthy relationship actions, so our whole community can be safe, respected, and free of domestic and sexual violence.

Since 1984, Harbor House has been committed to understanding the breadth of domestic and sexual violence and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience abuse. Harbor House continues to lead a community-wide partnership, including areas throughout Outagamie and Calumet counties, to offer safety and support to families in crisis.