Oasis holding domestic violence

People are painting one fingernail purple to raise awareness about domestic violence.

CADILLAC — If you see somebody with just one fingernail painted purple this month, it's okay to ask about it.

Chances are, they want you to.

"It's a conversation-starter," explained Nikki Platz, a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate at OASIS in Cadillac.

Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness, and people will be sporting it this October in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

The purple fingernail is a nationwide awareness effort.

Conversations around domestic violence can sometimes be difficult, Platz said. But the issue affects us all. Survivors miss work or school for doctor's office and court appointments, while offenders can lose work dealing with legal consequences, limiting the amount of spending they can do in the community.

Domestic violence affects children living in the home as well, Platz said.

"And they carry that for their lifetime if it's not dealt with."

Platz and another OASIS worker, Marli Wendel, were at the YMCA in Cadillac on Friday morning for a "pop-up" event, where they painted single fingernails purple, handed out purple ribbons, and shared information about resources in the community dedicated to addressing domestic violence.

It was the first of four Friday pop-up events OASIS has planned for the month. The organization will be at Starbucks from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., on Oct. 12; at Walmart from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct.19; and at Bigby Coffee from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Oct. 26.

The organization is hosting other events throughout the month, including a candlelight vigil at the Rotary Pavilion at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.