National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

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, concerned citizens and many others to organize events and activities that raise awareness about domestic violence. The events range from national campaigns to statewide activities to local community events.

The following list includes some of the many national Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities planned for this fall. Domestic violence experts and service providers are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations to find out more about each event and explore how local communities can get involved. Advocates often can link their local activities to national campaigns. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; it is a sample of the national events.

  • September 21 – Redbook Magazine and Liz Claiborne Inc. joined forces for It's Time to Talk Day to encourage greater public dialogue about domestic violence. Around the country, talk radio, government officials, domestic violence experts, businesses, schools and the public-at-large took a moment – or more – to talk openly about an issue that affects nearly one in three women some time in their lives. For example, Illinois State University ran a special television program about domestic violence in all residence halls the week of September 17 – 23 as part of It’s Time to Talk Day activities.
  • September 28 – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) kicks off DVAM with its Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Reception at the Walnut Foundry in downtown Denver, Colorado. NCADV will launch its workplace violence campaign, the Corporate Advocates Circle, the evening of the reception. Grammy Nominated Country Musician Mindy McCready will perform, and a silent auction will take place.
  • October 4 – As a tenth anniversary initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) has organized the Decade for Change Summit, which brings together key leaders to outline a ten-year initiative to measurably reduce domestic violence by 2016. NDVH is hosting three sessions, the first in Dallas, Texas, on August 24-25; the second in Los Angeles, California, on September 20; and the final in Washington, D.C. on October 4. The Summit will culminate with a reception, dinner and program, “Called to Make a Difference,” honoring Salma Hayek, on October 4. For more information, please visit NDVH’s web site, www.ndvh.org/tenth/index.html.
  • October 11 – Join health care professionals and domestic violence experts by taking part in the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s (FVPF’s) Eighth Annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV), which reaches the healthcare community with information on assessing patients for domestic violence and for the long term health implications of domestic violence and exposure to violence. This year, the FVPF has joined with the American Medical Students Association to further involve medical school campuses nationwide. University of Miami medical students will host a free clinic to bring domestic violence survivors and heath care workers together to talk about the shortcomings in health care for domestic violence victims. The Women in Medicine committee at the University of Florida plan to staff a table with domestic violence awareness materials to raise the issue’s profile. The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, over 100 agencies and organizations working to end domestic violence at local, state and national levels, will host Californians Uniting to End Domestic Violence: A Statewide Day of Awareness at the west steps of the Capitol. To learn more, call the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at 888/Rx-ABUSE; a free organizing packet is available online at www.endabuse.org/hcadvd.
  • October 17 – The first-ever national shopping day at HomeGoods will take place in partnership with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world’s largest and oldest volunteer service organizations with more than 150,000 female members and more than 4,500 clubs nationwide. The GFWC has chosen “Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention” as its special service project through 2008. HomeGoods will host a special shopping day at its more than 250 stores across the country and make a $25,000 donation to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. On this day, GFWC members and advocates across the country are encouraged to visit their local HomeGoods store to support and celebrate this special event. To find a HomeGoods store near you, visit www.homegoods.com.
  • October 19 – Marshalls, a division of TJX companies, will sponsor its 13th annual Shop ‘Til It Stops Day. Americans can help end abuse that day simply by shopping at any of the more than 700 Marshalls stores nationwide. Visit www.marshallsonline.com to find a store near you. This year, Marshalls will donate a percentage of the proceeds from that day’s sales to the Family Violence Prevention Fund to support efforts to prevent violence against women and raise awareness about the harmful affects of abuse. In addition, Marshalls will sponsor an event at a domestic violence shelter where shelter residents will receive makeovers courtesy of the off-price retailer.
  • October 15 through October 21 – Organized by the YWCA USA, the Eleventh Annual YWCA Week Without Violence features domestic violence awareness and violence prevention activities including tree plantings, candlelight vigils and community forums. This year the YWCA USA also held an art contest, “When I Get Mad, I Draw” to see how children ages three to 16 deal with feelings of anger. For more information and to view the winning artwork, visit www.ywca.org.

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