National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders, policy makers, faith-based groups, college students and others at events and activities designed to educate the public about domestic and sexual violence. Activities include national campaigns, events like the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on October 8 to 10 in New Orleans, and state and local activities of all kinds.

The following list includes just some of the DVAM activities planned for this fall and resources available to advocates. Domestic violence experts and service providers are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations to learn more about each and explore how to get involved. Often, advocates can link their local activities to national campaigns. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; it is a sample of national events.

New Resources for Advocates

The Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2009 Resource Packet is now available online through the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) website at The DVAP strives to develop and distribute resources and ideas relevant to Domestic Violence Awareness Month and educational activities that take place throughout the year. The 2009 packet includes a collection of informational materials, fact sheets, articles, and order forms for items available from the various organizations represented on the Project Advisory Group, as well as other national, statewide, and culturally specific organizations. For a print copy of the materials listed in the 2009 Resource Packet, contact the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence at or (800) 537-2238, ext. 139. Print copies are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Capitol Hill Event

The Sheila Wellstone Institute’s Annual DVAM Reception on Capitol Hill will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on October 1. It will be hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) in the Capitol Visitor’s Center, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Sheila Wellstone Award will be presented to Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time supporter of VAWA, and posthumously to Guadalupe R. Serrano, a lifelong advocate on behalf of victims of domestic violence. The event will feature Senators Al Franken (MN), Harry Reid (NV) and Tom Harkin (IA). It also features the return of the powerful Silent Witness exhibit. Sheila Wellstone launched the exhibit in 1990 as a way to speak for women who were victims of domestic violence who could not speak for themselves, because she believed that art is a powerful way to convey the impact that domestic violence has on women and families. The Sheila Wellstone Institute holds this event to raise awareness for domestic violence policy and to honor her legacy. Click here for more information.

Break the Silence on Domestic Violence

The Body Shop and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) are teaming up again this year during DVAM. The Body Shop is selling a “For Me, For You” shea lip care duo packaged with the message “Break the Silence on Domestic Violence” that is meant to be shared with a friend. The “For Me, For You” duo is an extension of The Body Shop’s “Stop Violence in the Home” Campaign. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each lip duo will be donated to NCADV. To purchase it, click here and for more information on “Stop Violence in the Home,” click here.

It’s Time to Talk Day

Liz Claiborne has pioneered “It’s Time to Talk Day” for several years. This year, on October 6, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV), Radio Bloomington and 30 other community organizations throughout Central Illinois are co-sponsoring “It’s Time to Talk Day” to bring awareness to domestic violence. This year the theme is: “It’s Time to Talk - Healthy Children, Healthy Families.” Numerous local governments, universities and colleges have issued proclamations in support of the Day and are encouraging citizens to take a moment to talk about domestic violence. CAEPV will hold a news conference to announce the Day at 8:00AM on October 6 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Memorial Center. Then CAEPV and the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council are co-sponsoring a free conference, “It’s Not Child’s Play: Trauma Lasts A Lifetime” to discuss the impact of domestic violence across the lifespan, as well as tools for intervening and responding. Other “It’s Time to Talk Day” events around the country include: “Lunch & Learns” addressing domestic violence; displaying Silent Witness Project silhouettes in prominent areas; hanging posters in workplaces; holding a parade march; or working with a media partner. For information on “It’s Time to Talk” activities, click here.

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is hosting the 5th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on October 8 to 10 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Conference aims to advance the health care system’s response to domestic violence and attracts the nation’s leading medical, public health and family violence experts from across the country. It includes workshops, poster presentations, and plenary sessions highlighting the latest research and most innovative clinical responses to domestic violence, with a focus on the work being done by physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurses, nurse midwives, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, domestic violence experts, and others. For more information, click here.

Shop for a Cause Day

For several years, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) has been working with Macy’s to raise awareness and involve employees and customers in efforts to prevent violence against women and children. For the second year in a row, that work is expanding and the FVPF is offering interested programs the opportunity to sell shopping passes for Shop for a Cause, a one-day shopping event on Saturday, October 17 at Macy’s stores across the country. Shop for a Cause shopping passes are sold by local programs for $5 each, and programs keep all the proceeds. The shopping passes provide deep discounts on items throughout Macy’s and can also be purchased in any Macy’s store or at on October 17. There is still time for programs to sign up to sell shopping passes. For more information about requesting tickets email Note: there are no Macy’s stores in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska. 

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