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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We don’t talk about domestic violence. Because of that, domestic violence thrives in silence. 

To support survivors and prevent domestic violence in the future, we all need to normalize talking about it openly and candidly. We need to change the conversation around domestic violence – and we need your help. 

This fall, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in their national campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM.) 

The campaign runs from October 1-October 31, with many opportunities for YOU to participate throughout! Please show your support for victims and survivors by:

  • Following our social media accounts and sharing the content we’ve already prepared with your own networks throughout October with the hashtag #Every1KnowsSome1.
  • Having informed conversations about domestic violence requires understanding what it is—that it’s much more than physical abuse—and why ‘just leaving’ isn’t so simple for survivors. [If you have a web page about abuse and/or abuse tactics, this would be a good opportunity to link to it.] Supporters like you can help educate your friends, families, and communities, and get these conversations started!
  • Participate in the DVAM Week of Action October 17-23
  • Participate in GiveForDV Day of Giving (during the DVAM Week of Action on October 19) by giving to your local domestic violence service provider program. On these respective days of giving, you can make a donation that directly impacts survivors – and encourage your friends and family to join you with your own mini-campaign!
  • Attend a DVAM Event virtually or in person hosted by a local DV program. Check out our calendar of statewide activities by clicking here.
  • Join NYSCADV for the rebroadcast of our public awareness presentation via Facebook Live on Purple Thursday - October 20, 5 PM - 6 PM. We hope you will join us to learn more about domestic violence in New York, myths and realities of DV, and how you can get involved in this important cause and engage in our work and the DV movement.
  • Participate in NYSCADV's 3rd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

As a society, we all have a role in changing the narrative about what domestic violence is, to whom it happens, and how we can support those who are experiencing it, and, ultimately, prevent it entirely. Every1KnowsSome1 who is impacted by domestic violence, and Every1 has a part to play in supporting our work to end domestic violence.

We can’t wait for all that’s in store for DVAM this year, and we hope you will join us. 

Thank you in advance for standing up for survivors.