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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources by NCADV


reposted from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website

DVAM Resources and Activities


  • Plan as far ahead as possible and involve battered women and  children as much as possible.
  • Contact your state coalition or network to coordinate and  strengthen efforts in your state and region.
  • Be sure that the media is aware of your plans. The suggested national observance is a candlelight ceremony  on or near the National Day of Unity to  remember those who have suffered and died from domestic violence and to celebrate the work  being done to end violence. Choose a significant public place to hold the vigil.
  • Be creative. Include music, poetry, dance,  moments of silence, and stories shared by women.
  • Purple is the color for  the Month’s activities. Wear purple ribbons to bring national  awareness to the issues faced by battered women and their children.
  • Start small if you wish, but plan now to do  something during October. Make Domestic Violence Awareness Month part of your evolving  herstory.

Activities and Ideas

  • Ribbon Campaign: Distribute purple ribbons to clergy, police chiefs, judges, librarians, emergency room personnel, and others in your community.
  • Table Tent Campaign: Print table tents with a reminder that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and information about services and how to access them. Distribute table tents to area restaurants and hospital cafeterias.
  • Utility Company Campaign: Ask local utility companies to include a message in their October bills. (Sometimes banks are also willing to include information in their monthly statements.)
  • Library Displays: Contact public libraries in your area and provide them with materials for a display. Church Campaign: Send a mass mailing to all religious institutions in your area asking them to address the issue from the pulpit or in their newsletter during October.
  • Children’s Campaign: Have children from the shelter write thank you cards with painted hand prints on them to be distributed to police departments, judges, probation officers and prosecutors in the county.
  • Chili Cook-Off: Have a chili cooking contest with prizes and entertainment. Invite individual cooks, teams and restaurants to compete, with tasting open to the public. The proceeds benefit the local shelter.
  • Clothesline Project Display: Display tee-shirts created by survivors of domestic violence in a public place. The shirts depict their stories, their pain and their hopes. Teen Dating Violence Essay Contest: Hold essay contests in area schools with an awards ceremony.
  • Wish List Drive: Put posters in area beauty salons displaying the shelter’s wish list and making literature and information available. For every item contributed, the person’s name is entered in a drawing for a prize.


Remember My Name event by Richmond YWCA

October 27th
Remember My Name, 7PM, Monument Heights Church (corner of Monument and Libbie).

Remember My Name honors victims of domestic violence from our community and provides family members with the opportunity to speak on their behalf.

For information about submitting a name to the memorial or for general information about Remember My Name, please contact Casey Emery at

“Behind the Make-up” a play about Domestic Violence

For three nights only the women of “Behind the Makeup” Monologues will uncover the ugly truth in a theater production designed to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence. This play, written by Jewell Medley, a local of Halifax County, and was inspired by Jewel’s own experience with of domestic violence.  When Jewell was 15 her mother was murdered by her husband, and after killing her mother, he turned the gun on himself.

Performances will be Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase now at The Prizery box office (700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592) and they may also be purchased by phone at 434-572-8339 or online at

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Domestic Violence Program of Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.

Ways to Support DV Advocacy #31 – write an Op-Ed for your paper

Write a letter to your local paper’s Op-Ed section on your views about domestic violence and what you would like your community to do.

Ways to Support DV Awareness #29 – YWCA’s Remember My Name Memorial

Host a “Remember My Name Memorial” to commemorate the lives of individuals who have died from domestic violence.

October 29th The YWCA of Richmond is hosting the 14th annual Remember My Name Memorial to commemorate the lives of individuals in our community who have died from domestic violence. The memorial will be held on October 29th at 7 pm at the Monument Heights Baptist Church. This nondenominational service commemorates those in the Greater Richmond and surrounding areas who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. During the ceremony, families, friends and community leaders will have the opportunity to speak on behalf of the victims or give testimonies about how domestic violence has affected their lives. This event is free and open to the public.

For information about submitting a name to the memorial or general information about Remember My Name, please contact Lauren Rosati at 804-643-6761 ext. 116 or

Ways to Support Domestic Violence Awareness #26 Red Flag Campaign

collaborate or volunteer with your local university to put on a Red Flag Campaign – a campus focused campaign implemented in Virginia by the Action Alliance to highlight safety in interpersonal relationships.

October 27-29 – Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault is collaborating with Student Anti-Violence Educators and Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence on The Red Flag Campaign to be held at the University of Mary Washington.

Ways to Support DV Awareness #24 – Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Plan a Walk a Mile In My Shoes event to raise awareness and funds for your local center.

October 24, 2010 Walk A Mile In My Shoes. Byrd Park Vita Course 09:00 a. m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for a walk to discuss the children living in homes where Domestic Violence occurs frequently. Donate clothing, cell phones and shoes to help these families in times of need. We are focused on family relationships, friendships, and encouraging everyone to become empowered to help a friend affected by domestic violence. For additional information please contact Sgt. Carol D. Adams at 4th Precinct or 646-4105.

Ways to Support DV Awareness #9 Attend Empowerment Tour

Host or attend an Empowerment Tour.  In Richmond, VA:

October 9 1st Annual Empowerment Tour Sponsored by Lyrically Inspired, Inc. 7:30pm at Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond.

This show will be comprised of spoken word, fashion and theatre as an avenue to bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence. Nationally renowned spoken word artists will empower attendees with words while fashions from featured designers such as Michael Taylor Couture will grace the stage. An ongoing theatrical performance will tie both the words of empowerment and sophisticated style together in order to educate the audience about the epidemic of domestic violence and to empower them as well. This show will be hosted by Poet from Washington, D.C.’s radio station WPCG 95.5 accompanied by DJ Lonnie B of Power 92.1.

For more information contact Stacie Vecchietti at 804-249-9470 15.

Ways to Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month #4

Attend an event in your area that supports Domestic Violence Awareness.

Richmond, VA area events this week:

  • Participate in a Candlelight Vigil to honor LGBTQ victims of violence and hate crimes – Monday, October 4th, at 10 p.m. in the VCU Compass. Details about this vigil
  • Attend a video presentation:  “Telling Amy’s Story: A Virginia Currents’ Special” featuring a panel discussion on domestic violence prevention in our community Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, Time: 5:30-7:30 pm (reception at 5:30, live studio taping 6:30-7:30), Location: Studios of the Community Idea Stations 23 Sesame Street,  Richmond, VA 23235
    The taped panel discussion will follow the broadcast of the “Telling Amy’s Story” documentary on public television stations statewide Thursday, October 7 in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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