Mobile Gas Wears Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness MonthPosted October 23, 2014
Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas employees will wear purple ribbons on Thursday, October 23, 2014
to raise awareness about domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness
month. To shed a light on this often private, personal issue, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural
gas utility in southwest Alabama will host the Penelope House during its quarterly safety and
The Penelope House, located in Mobile, is an organization that works to empower women,
children and families to break the cycle of violence. In 2013, the Penelope House received 2,153
crisis calls in Mobile and Washington counties. Last year, the organization also provided shelter
to 889 adults and children.
“The Department of Justice says one in four women will become a victim of domestic violence.
The same is true for one in seven men,” said Tonie Ann Torrans, executive director for Penelope
House. “Domestic violence is about having power over someone. When someone feels he or she
is losing power, that’s when things usually take a turn for the worse.”
Mobile Gas, along with other business units of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, felt it was important
to come together to make a difference.
“Domestic violence is not a subject that people like to talk about,” said Edgar Downing, general
counsel for Mobile Gas. “By starting the conversation and knowing the signs of abuse, it might
compel someone to seek help. Also, an employee can encourage someone they know who is in a
troubled relationship to find the resources to get to a safe place, such as the Penelope House.”
More information about the Penelope House can be found at: www.penelopehouse.org.
Mobile Gas is a natural gas utility serving approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and
Industrial Customers in southwest Alabama. The company operates primarily in Mobile County
serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt.
Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline
in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.