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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1st marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! As we embark on this month-long journey, we're reminded of the strength of uniting to address a critical issue affecting countless lives.

This DVAM, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Other State DV Coalitions and Domestic Violence Services Providers across the US and its territories in the national campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM.) #Every1KnowsSome1 impacted by domestic violence, and everyone has a role to play in preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors. Here's how you can make an impact during DVAM:

  • Engage with us on social media using the hashtag #Every1KnowsSome1 as we share stories, resources, and messages of hope, spreading the word and creating a united front against domestic violence.
  • 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. Supporters like you can help educate your friends, families, and communities and start these conversations!
  • On Thursday, October 19, wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors and your commitment to ending abuse! Take a selfie in your purple and share it on social media with #PurpleThursday #DVAM #Every1KnowsSome.
    • Join NYSCADV for a public awareness presentation via Facebook and Instagram Live at 6PM. 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 #GiveForDV Day of Giving (during the DVAM Week of Action on October 26) 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!
  • Check out our calendar of statewide activities, by clicking here. 

As a society, wWe 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.

Thank you for being a part of this movement and for standing up against domestic violence. By raising awareness, sharing stories, and supporting survivors, we're making real progress toward safer communities for everyone.

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

Additional DVAM Campaign Events, Resources & Information

National Resource Center Call for Unity 2023, September 29 at 3:00 PM ET

Every year the National Call for Unity kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by offering an opportunity to mourn, celebrate, and connect with advocates from national, state, and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, allied movements, survivors and their family and friends. This year's call centers on the theme for DVAM 2023, Heal, Hold, and Center. Through inspiring messages, the speakers will explore what it means to find justice, healing, nurturance, and leadership for survivors of domestic violence. Click here for more information. 

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center - 2023 #NativeDVAM Campaign

To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) this October, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) invites survivors of domestic violence, Tribal leaders, Tribal programs, grassroots advocates, and communities to participate in the DVAM campaign, Honoring the Indigenous Strength and Needs of Native Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, to raise awareness of this issue and its impacts on Native women and their children and to raise up Indigenous-based solutions to end the violence.  Click here for more information. 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Take A Stand

Take A Stand is a call to action meant to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and throughout the year. By taking a stand, the campaign intends to remind the nation that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities--impacted by domestic violence. We, all of us, should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard. Click here for more information. 

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) has several exciting events and campaigns coming up for October DVAM. Click here for more information. 

Stay Connected this DVAM!

Please be sure to follow NYSCADV's social media platforms throughout the month for daily updates and resources, and share on your own social media to help raise awareness.