The Purple Ribbon event 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 and to honor Vision of Peace, Spirit of Advocacy, and Corporate Citizenship Awardees.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, attendees, and donors for making the evening a success!


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2018 Sponsors

2018 Purple Ribbon Awardees

Awards were presented at the 2018 Purple Ribbon Event.

Janine Howard-O’Rangers

Spirit of Advocacy Award: Janine N. Howard-O'Rangers, Esq.Domestic Violence Legal Services, Inc. and Widener University School of Law 

This award is presented to an advocate whose work with and on behalf of victims/survivors 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 change 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 levels.


Pat Kwetkauskie

Vision of Peace Award: Pat KwetkauskieDomestic Violence Coordinating Council

This award is presented 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.



Corporate Citizenship Award: Delaware Allstate Agents- Brenda Amin (Wilmington); Joseph DeVane (Bear); Joyce Powell (Wilmington); Provey Powell, Jr. (Wilmington); Paulette Watson (Milford); Paul Sarnak (Lewes) 

This award honors businesses or corporations that, through training or education initiatives, policies, or programming, have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preventing and ending domestic violence and/or supporting victims/survivors.  

Candidates for the award might include, but are not limited to:

  • An employer with meaningful policies in its employee manual to support victims of domestic violence, or that trains its human resources staff to support victims and their supervisors;
  • A company that holds fundraising events or collects supplies or phones to support a local shelter or domestic violence program;
  • A financial institution that is flexible in its requirements when providing loans or credit to victims of domestic violence who may have poor or little credit because of their situation;
  • A corporation that earmarks funds or provides in-kind support to local domestic violence organizations;
  • A business that donates products or services to support domestic violence survivors.