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PURPLE RIBBON PROJECT Urges Community to Support Local Domestic Violence Programs 

CLEVELAND,OH (February 20, 2015)  Shaker Square cares about its community and in light of the tragic domestic violence incident that recently occurred there, the Square is launching a campaign to offer hope and help to other victims confronted with domestic abuse. The Purple Ribbon Project aims to raise critical funds for the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center’s (DVCAC) programs and services in the Greater Cleveland community. Shaker Square has issued a challenge grant; offering to match up to $15,000 for DVCAC raised through the Purple Ribbon Project by 3/31/15.

Peter Rubin, President of The Coral Company which own Shaker Square said, “the incident at Shaker Square demonstrates how all of our lives are touched and the importance of stepping up as a community. We are challenging our neighbors to come together to raise funds for this noteworthy Center and to promote awareness of services available to victims of domestic violence.”

“This project comes on the heels of the largest conversation about domestic violence in our nation’s history; and while awareness is high, funding for local programs has not increased. “We were grateful that so many media outlets covered the Ray Rice story and helped create such awareness,” said DVCAC CEO Linda Johanek. “Unfortunately, the community’s concern did not translate into critically needed funds for programs that support victims. Perhaps people don’t know how to help. The Purple Ribbon Project gives the community an easy way to invest in a solution and provide hope for victims. We are very appreciative that Shaker Square has issued this challenge grant to leverage the awareness towards more funding for our programs.”

The community is encouraged to make donations to help the project reach its $30,000 goal in the following ways:

  • Donate online at
  • Mail a donation to: DVCAC, Purple Ribbon Project, PO Box      5466, Cleveland 44101
  • Drop off a donation to any US Bank branch in Northeast      Ohio

Your donations will help reach over 30,000 individuals throughout Cuyahoga County through DVCAC’s programs and services. 


Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) is the result of a merger between the Domestic Violence Center and Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse.  DVCAC and its parent organizations have nearly 40 years history leading the community in responding to victims of child abuse and domestic violence and working to break the cycle of abuse via prevention, intervention and community education. The agency is dedicated to healthy relationships and provides a continuum of services for persons of all ages who have been victims of, or are at risk of being victims of, domestic violence, child abuse, or other family or relationship violence. Programs include a 24-hour Helpline, a safe, confidentially located shelter, trauma counseling, justice system advocacy, Safe and Sound Visitation Center, child abuse and teen dating violence prevention, parenting classes, support groups, and more services.

More information about the services provided can be found at the agency’s website:

Victims needing emergency assistance can call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 216-391-HELP.   


Shaker Square, an historic shopping district located on the border of the cities of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, is one of our country’s original town centers at the intersection where the city meets the suburbs, pedestrians meet regional transit, day time shopping meets night time entertainment, and cultures blend into a mosaic of social activity.

Shaker Square is at the heart of a lively, diverse neighborhood, with more than 4,000 apartments, condominiums and private homes.  Annually, over one million riders stop and travel through the Square on the RTA. 


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