The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is collaborating with community partners throughout October to share information about local services for victims of abuse.

Community members and local leaders are highlighting a message of non–violence and they planted purple flags on the courthouse lawn as part of the "paint your town purple" initiative.

The hope of the initiative is that the sight of thousands of purple flags displayed throughout the area will help inspire an important discussion about preventing domestic violence and supporting victims.

Nick Alexander, the Superior Police Chief, said "Silence becomes the easiest option for victims and by raising awareness we help take away barriers so people seek services in our community."

In 2015, the sheriff's department received 602 domestic violence calls in Douglas County.

That same year, CASDA provided direct advocacy services to 438 people.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen said, "The assistance is quiet, concise, helpful and it helps people get to a better life and situation."

A college class from the University of Wisconsin-Superior was also there to learn more about domestic violence.

Robin Heintz, a student at UWS, said "If more people are aware, I think more will take a stand. If people don't know they're oblivious to whats going on."

This week, the courthouse will be purple and people are also asked to turn on a light tonight to show support to domestic violence victims.