National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

The following list includes some of the many national Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities planned for this October. 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 that will take place in October.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar 2005

  • October – Lifetime Television is offering FREE brochures in English and Spanish that can be shared with survivors, employees, customers, clients, etc. The brochure is called “It’s a Team Effort" and features the images and insights of a variety of sports figures, actors and performers - from singer/songwriter Ashanti to New York Giants running back Tiki Barber - all speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault. Contact Lauren Frederick at Lifetime at
  • October – A powerful new PBS documentary, Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories, chronicles the impact of domestic violence on children and the systemic failure of family courts across the country to protect them from their abusers. The documentary premieres on October 20, but airtimes and dates may vary, so check your local PBS listings. Beginning on September 28 and continuing throughout October, activists will circulate flyers about the documentary – with related information – in front of family courts in every state and U.S. territory to encourage the public to watch the program. For more information, check
  • October 11 – Liz Claiborne, Marie Claire Magazine and Verizon Wireless have declared Tuesday, October 11 as the second annual “It’s Time to Talk” Day. Americans nationwide are urged to talk in classrooms, offices, homes and coffeehouses about the fact that one in three women will be abused in her lifetime. Encourage these conversations by distributing educational materials in offices, working with local government to hold a Town Hall Meeting, or suggesting that policy makers declare a “Moment of Talk.” For more information and a toolkit, visit
  • October 12 – Join health care professionals and domestic violence advocates by taking part in the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s Seventh Annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day. A free organizing packet is available online at To help raise awareness of domestic violence as a health care issue, hospitals, health associations and insurance companies around the country have planned events and activities. To learn more, visit the web site or call the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at 888/Rx-ABUSE to request a free organizing packet.
  • October 14 – Marshalls, a division of TJX companies, will sponsor its 12th 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 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.
  • October 16 through October 22 – Organized by the YWCA of the USA, the Tenth Annual YWCA Week Without Violence features domestic violence awareness and violence prevention activities including tree plantings, candlelight vigils and community forums. Each day of the public education campaign addresses a different form of violence: Monday, October 17 is “Protecting Our Children,” and Wednesday, October 19 is “Confronting Violence Against Women.” For more information visit the YWCA’s web site,
  • October 19 – The Sheila Wellstone Institute and Senators Mark Dayton, Joseph Biden, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Frank Lautenberg along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro, David Reichert, Louise Slaughter and Hilda Solis present a Reception and Art Exhibit honoring victims of domestic violence and the work of Sheila Wellstone. The event, from 4 – 7 PM, will be held in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to or 505/920-6002.
  • October 24 and October 25 – Tune-in to Lifetime Television to watch Lifetime’s two-part original miniseries, “Human Trafficking,” starring Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. The program will air on October 24th at 9 PM eastern and pacific time, and conclude on October 25th at 9 PM eastern and pacific time. “Human Trafficking” is a tough, uncompromising drama about the brutal realities behind the international trafficking of women and children for sex and the battle to rescue its victims enslaved in America.
  • October 26 – American University and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) present "A Private Family Matter" book reading and discussion. Author and NNEDV national spokesperson Victor Rivas Rivers is raising awareness that domestic violence cannot be treated simply as a woman's issue. The book reading and discussion will take place in the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University from 10 AM to Noon. For more information contact NNEDV at 202/543-5566.
  • October 26 – Tune in to PBS to watch the story of Rody Alvarado, the courageous asylum seeker who fled Guatemala after suffering ten years of brutal domestic violence. Rody's story will be featured on "Destination America," a four-part series examining an array of immigration and refugee issues. The fourth episode, airing October 26, please check local listings for times, features a segment on Ms. Alvarado's claim for refugee protection, entitled "Breaking Free: A Woman's Journey." Rody Alvarado's highly publicized case is at the center of the push for protecting women who flee serious violations of their human rights. To check your local listings visit,
  • October – Support the National Domestic Violence Hotline. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, donates $1.00 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), for every order placed during October.

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