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Small purple flags fly in recognition of ‘YWCA Week Without Violence’

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Oct 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 18:48:08-04

MILLCREEK, Utah — More than 1,000 small purple flags wave at 4500 South and 900 East in Millcreek in recognition of “YWCA Week Without Violence.”

The flags are displayed in front of Smith’s grocery store. Each one represents a woman or child who received help from a domestic violence shelter in Utah.

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The flag display was sponsored by the grocery store and YWCA. Organizers say statistics in the state match national trends.

“If you know someone that you suspect is in an abusive relationship, chances are that they are feeling very isolated and alone, so not saying anything or ignoring the problem, is the wrong thing to do,” said Amberlie Phillips, YWCA Utah Chief Development Officer. “The most important thing is to just express your concern and love for them and just say, ‘you know, I’m here to talk and here are some resources in the community.’”

YWCA has a 24-hour crisis hotline, 801-537-8600, and a domestic violence shelter.

More information can be found at www.ywca.com.