4 Ways to Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Each October, we recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to raise awareness, honor victims and survivors, and recognize the work of anti-violence programs and advocates. If your program works to end family and relationship violence, here are four ways to get involved this month.

1. Mark your calendars. This year, the Family and Youth Services Bureau's Family Violence Prevention and Services Program created an online calendar of events hosted by grantees and federal partners. These events cover a wide range of topics, including working with law enforcement, building a trauma-informed response, and collaborating with child support agencies. 

2. Watch a short "history lesson." Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, or FVPSA. Watch this short video to discover how FVPSA connects victims with needed supports and services. You'll also learn about a national resource network that includes the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Futures Without Violence, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, and more. 

3. Wear purple. Throughout the month, anti-violence advocates will wear purple--the color of domestic violence awareness--to spark conversations about why it's important to end domestic violence. Share a picture of yourself wearing purple on social media October 23, along with the hashtag #PurpleThursday, to share your solidarity with survivors. 

4. Explore the impact of domestic violence in different communities. For example, revisit this July webinar on rural domestic violence hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project. You can also explore five resources for providing inclusive services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) survivors or recap of our Twitter chat on serving pet owners who experience domestic violence.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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