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Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)

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The Social Services Division at Eastland Memorial Hospital in Texas kicked off a hospital-wide toiletries drive on HCADV Day to benefit their local domestic violence community partner, Crime Victim Assistance Center. Staff wore purple in recognition of DV awareness.

Medical studies link the long-term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems, such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse. While doctors and nurses routinely ask about high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few assess for domestic violence and its impact on health. Universal education provides an opportunity for clients to make the connection between violence, health problems, and risk behaviors. Through a brochure-based universal education approach clients seeking services in health care facilities or domestic violence programs can receive information about the impact of abuse on their health.

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. The 20th annual HCADV Day was held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in observance of Yom Kippur. Sponsored by FUTURES, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities to offer education about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates.


Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day 2019 – 20th Anniversary!

Our Events: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) planned two HCADV Day events on October 16, 2019, and a Social Media Countdown “20 Actions for 20 Years” leading up to the 20th Anniversary of HCADV Day! Download the Event Flyer for more details.

Planning ahead? The 21st annual HCADV Day will be held: October 14th, 2020. We offer a number of resources to help you organize events and activities on and beyond HCADV Day in our Action Kit featuring planning tips and social media tools. We encourage you to be creative!

Want to stay connected? Click here to sign up for our Health mailing list, to be the first to hear about HCADV Day and Health-related updates, be sure to select “Health” under: “I’d like to receive more information about the following topics”.

For questions about the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, organizing local events, or to talk through your ideas, contact health@futureswithoutviolence.org and include “HCADV Day” in the subject line. 

View our HCADV Day Action Kit

View our HCADV Day Past Activities Archive