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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.


Highlighting Anti-Violence Agencies in Virginia: YWCA in Richmond, VA

ywca of richmond

Services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Richmond, VA are available through the YWCA of Richmond.  The YWCA has been serving and supporting women for over 100 years, since 1887. 

They provide services for victims of domestic violence – primary services are crisis intervention, education, advocacy, case management, safety planning, and counseling.  These services are offered to every client–both in residential (safehouse) and community programs.

They provide services for victims of sexual violence – free comprehensive crisis services for victims of sexual assault (over 12 years of age) and their families. The YWCA Sexual Violence Program is the only certified sexual violence program serving the Greater Richmond area.  These services include:  (a) individual and group counseling, (b) access to a 24-hour hotline, (c) 24-hour hospital accompaniment, (d) court accompaniment, (e) emergency shelter, if needed, and (f) referrals to other services, as needed.

The YWCA also has a Child Development Center – The YWCA Child Development Center’s purpose is to provide an environment that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.

Ways to Support Domestic Violence Awareness #5

Host an awareness event to support your local shelter. Examples:

  • Valentine’s Anytime Party:  February 14th only comes once a year, but Break the Cycle encourages you to celebrate healthy relationships all year round!  Valentine’s Anytime is a fun way for anyone and everyone to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence. Throw a party that’s just your style – cocktails or potluck, wine tasting or tea sandwiches – and help stop abuse.

What Can a Party Do?

A party is a great way to raise awareness and money for your local anti-violence agency programs to end dating violence.   Your local shelter will provide you with tips on how to talk about abuse and ask for donations.

For my Fredericksburg friends:  contact us at RCASA to host a party for teen violence prevention.

For my Richmond friends: contact the YWCA or Safe Harbor to support efforts in the Richmond region.

Ways to Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month #1

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.

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