In 1987, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working together against domestic violence.
In the last 30 years, we have made significant progress in bringing the issue of domestic violence out of the shadows and beginning to create a culture that does not condone the actions of abusive partners behind closed doors.
But we have much left to do.
Safe and healthy families are the key to ensuring safe and vibrant communities. We each have the power to change our culture of violence to one of kindness and compassion through words and our actions.
So this October – on the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – join us for a month of action and awareness. Read on for ways to get involved.
spread the word
Throughout October’s Domestic Violence Action Month, we invite you to join us in spreading awareness about this pervasive issue that continues to affect millions of adults and children in our communities each year.
Our Social Media Toolkit will equip you to become a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Social Media Ambassador with language and graphics you are welcome to use all month long.
If you’re unable to help us spread the word about domestic violence as a Social Media Ambassador or join us at our events this month, you can still make a difference among your family and friends by doing these simple actions:
- Practice healthy relationship skills: Learn about the skills necessary to practice healthy communication with others. Talk about what healthy relationships mean to you with those in your life and model respectful behavior in all of your relationships.
- Be supportive: If you think someone close to you is being abused, ask them about it and offer your support. If you think someone you know is being abusive, talk to them about their behavior and encourage them to seek help. Continue to check in and remain connected and supportive.
- Stay in the conversation: Help to shape the movement against domestic violence. Speak up to stop attitudes and behaviors that oppress others. Be a source of information about domestic violence.
- Learn about and share resources: Everyone has a role to play in creating healthy, safe and vibrant communities. Explore our website to find out how you can get involved and make a difference.