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Purple Ribbon Celebration

The Purple Ribbon Celebration is DCADV's annual awareness event held each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Members from our community, survivors, service providers, advocates and friends gather to celebrate our partnership and shared work to prevent and end domestic violence.



Award Nominations

Each year at the Purple Ribbon Celebration, DCADV recognizes community members who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to serving victims and survivors and working to prevent domestic violence in Delaware.  We are seeking nominees for the 2020 Vision of Peace, Spirit of Advocacy, and Corporate Citizenship awards.

Vision of Peace

The Vision of Peace Award is presented by DCADV to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and sustained commitment in their efforts to end domestic violence. Awardees are recognized for their significant contributions in the areas of policy, services, or social change advocacy that have led to enhanced safety for victims/survivors of domestic violence and increased offender accountability. These contributions may include changes in laws or policies, increased resources and support for domestic violence services, program innovations, greater public awareness, or efforts toward primary prevention and social change.

Past Honorees:

  • Pat Kwetkauskie- 2018
  • Representative Deborah Hudson- 2017
  • Senator Karen Peterson - 2016
  • Dr. Vicky Kelly- 2015  
  • Paulette Sullivan Moore- 2013
  • U.S. Senator Chris Coons- 2012
  • Jessica Schiffman, Associate Director of Women's Studies, UD- 2011 
  • Governor Jack Markell- 2010
  • State Senator Liane Sorenson- 2009
  • William Allan- President, Verizon Delaware- 2008 
  • State Senator Patricia Blevins- 2007
  • Christine Baron -Tri State Region President, Verizon Wireless -2004 
  • Senator Joseph Biden- 2000

Spirit of Advocacy

The Spirit of Advocacy Award is presented by DCADV to advocates whose work with and on behalf of victims of domestic violence is infused with the core principles of empowerment advocacy. These principles include a deep sense of empathy for those who are abused, a willingness to challenge existing systems, a belief in the strength and enduring capacity of the human spirit, and a commitment to social change at both the individual and societal level. Advocates are the "voice" for those who can not always speak for themselves. This award honors those voices.

Past Honorees: 

  • Janine Howard-O'Rangers- 2018
  • Erica Davis- 2017
  • Carmen Méndez- 2016
  • Mone't Jackson- 2015 
  • Juan Rodriguez- 2013
  • Stephanie Hamilton- 2012 
  • Mona Bayard- 2011
  • Geri Lewis-Loper- 2010 
  • Maria Picazo- 2009

Corporate Citizenship

The Corporate Citizenship award is presented to an employer that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preventing domestic violence and/or supporting First State victims and survivors. This may include, but are not limited to, training its human resource staff to support victims, holding fundraising events to support domestic violence programs, a bank that is flexible in its requirements when providing loans to victims of domestic violence, or a business that donates products or services to support local domestic violence shelters.

Past Honorees:

  • Allstate Insurance Company - 2018
  • Del-One Federal Credit Union - 2015
  • BlackRock Investment Management Company - 2013
  • Verizon Telecommunications Company - 2012