Purple Pinwheels Placed for Domestic Violence

October 4, 2018

Purple pinwheel in front of Gates Hall
A set of purple pinwheels lines the entrance to the Wayland campus in front of Gates Hall. October is domestic violence awareness month and the pinwheels were placed in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

PLAINVIEW – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the entrance to Wayland Baptist University has been lined with purple pinwheels.

The pinwheel display is part of the Crisis Center’s awareness campaign. Wayland agreed to host the display. Dr. Deidra Redmond, associate professor of sociology, approached the Wayland administration about using the space. Redmond has worked with the crisis center for about two years, serving on the board.

“(The Crisis Center) was looking for a location,” she said. “I sent an email to (WBU President Dr. Bobby Hall), and he was very supportive. Wayland has been supportive of the organization for a long time, especially with Dr. Hall leading the charge.”

Redmond said the Crisis Center placed two sets of 150 pinwheels. One set lines Quincy Street at the entrance to Gates Hall. The other set is placed around the circle drive. Each set represents the approximately 150 lives lost in Texas to domestic violence in 2015-16 -- the latest report filed by the Texas Council on Family Violence. The TCFV statistics show that 1-in-3 women in Texas will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

“If you look at the data, it’s about that number of lives each year since 2011,” Redmond said.

The pinwheels will remain as a reminder throughout the month of October.

The Crisis Center of the Plains is located at 117 E. 7th St. in Plainview. The center offers support for victims of domestic violence. For more information about programs and assistance, call 806-293-9772.