Maine goes purple in domestic violence campaign


PORTLAND (AP) — Town halls, courthouses, churches, schools, hospitals and even train stations in Maine are going purple this month.

 In the weeks ahead, purple lights will be displayed at public and private buildings to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence and show support for work being done to combat it.

 In Portland, the exterior bell tower lights at City Hall are being illuminated purple every night for all of May to draw awareness to the issue. The city turned on the purple lights Saturday night.

 The lighting is part the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s “Glowing Purple” campaign, in which communities nationwide are illuminating their buildings in purple — the color that represents the fight against domestic violence.