October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To celebrate, here are 31 ways for you to make a difference:

1. Encourage a young person close to you to visit a local DV shelter to learn more about interpersonal violence.

In Richmond, VA:  The YWCA,  In Henrico CountySafe Harbor,

A list of other shelters across the state:  Virginia Domestic Violence shelters

Domestic Violence shelters can provide you with information on how to get involved in advocacy, provide you with information on prevention and risk reduction to share, and may be able to bring a presentation to your agency.  Most shelters have volunteer programs that train you to answer hotlines and provide community outreach.

Help end violence against women, men, children, everyone by serving at your local anti-violence agency.