Purple bracelet project targets domestic abuse

Surrey crime reduction initiative set to launch Monday.

Surrey will launch the Rakhi Project on Monday to help put an end to domestic violence.

A purple bracelet initiative aimed at raising awareness about domestic abuse will launch Monday in Surrey.

The Rakhi Project is named for a traditional Indian ceremony honouring the relationship between brothers and sisters wherein a sister ties a ribbon on her brother’s wrist as a symbol of love and respect.

During a ceremony at noon Monday (July 18) at Surrey City Hall, women will tie purple bracelets on the wrists of prominent men in the community to show support stopping domestic violence.

The braided bracelets will also be sold for $5, with proceeds benefiting the city’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Project is being spearheaded by the city in partnership with DiverseCITY Community Resources Society, RCMP, Save-on-Foods and Omni Television.