October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Mourn, Celebrate, Connect.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for anti-violence advocates to connect with each other, remember victims of domestic abuse and celebrate survivors.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Network to End Domestic Violence sponsor the monthlong commemoration.

If your program is committed to ending family and relationship violence, here are five ways to get involved this month:

  1. Work with local media to educate your community. The National Domestic Violence Awareness Month website features a variety of resources for working with the media. Learn how to generate media coverage and develop targeted messages that include compelling, up-to-date statistics.
  2. Help survivors prepare for media interviews.From the Front of the Room,” (PDF, 6MB) from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, helps survivors think through the pros and cons of sharing their stories publicly and steps they can take to do so safely.
  3. Encourage youth to get involved. For pointers on how you can get youth involved in preventing domestic violence, listen to representatives from two youth-led anti-violence programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The programs, I Am Courageous and Stand Up Speak Up Alaska, aim to decrease first-time experiences with domestic violence.
  4. Attend events in your area. Find nearby National Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence's event database.
  5. Learn about federal efforts to prevent domestic violence and support survivors.  The Family and Youth Services Bureau funds emergency shelters and a network of support organizations. Visit FYSB's Family Violence Prevention and Services Program page for more information.
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