October 1, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 9
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders, policy makers, faith groups, college students and others at events and activities that educate the public about domestic and sexual violence. Activities include national campaigns, the unveiling of a new teen dating violence prevention tool from That’s Not Cool, the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, and state and local events of all kinds.
The following list includes just some of the DVAM activities planned and the resources available. Domestic violence experts and service providers are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations to learn more about each event and explore ways to get involved. Often, it is possible to link a local activity to a national campaign. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; it is merely a sample of the powerful and creative national events and activities planned for this month. Learn more »
Local Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities
Today as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) kicks off, experts and those who work with victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence across the nation are planning DVAM events that educate the public, inspire action, and tell victims about the help and services that are available. While DVAM activities come in all shapes and sizes, the goals are often the same: to raise awareness about the prevalence and cost of domestic and sexual violence, the need for prevention, and the services that are available to victims and their families.
There is still time to plan activities. Readers have shared the following examples of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events that can be replicated or adapted to meet your program’s needs, goals, budget and time constraints. The Family Violence Prevention Fund thanks the readers who generously shared their plans! Feel free to contact the event organizers to learn more about how to organize activities like these. (Editors regret that we were not able to include all the creative, unique and powerful events being planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What follows is a representative sample of the submissions.) Learn more »
For your convenience, a PDF of this issue is available here.
Outreach: Speak Out and Raise Awareness - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic Violence
Awareness Month offers a
unique opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women. This year, advocates are educating local,
state and federal officials about the need to more adequately fund violence
prevention programs and victim services, and urging Congress to:
Reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which funds domestic
violence shelters and services, the National Domestic Violence Hotline,
prevention programs and other critically needed services.
Pass the International
Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)
– groundbreaking, bi-partisan legislation that would apply the force of U.S.
diplomacy and foreign assistance to preventing violence against women and girls
worldwide. Ask your Members of Congress
to pass I-VAWA when they return to
Washington, D.C. in November. Learn more»