Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten and one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

On Friday, a group gathered at Tamarind Park to paint the town purple to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- purple is the color chosen to support victims.

“On any given day, we have nine shelters operating and they are all at full capacity. We service women and children and we also have men in our shelters. It’s a problem. They’ve been running at full capacity for two years now,” said Marci Lopes, State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is just one agency to help victims heal and get back on their feet through multiple programs and services.

There will be several events throughout the month to support these agencies.