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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In commemoration of DVAM, The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), along with other organizations, hosts a national Week of Action (#NNEDVWeekofAction) every year to encourage individuals, advocates, and communities to help end domestic violence. This month's #NNEDVWeekofAction is from October 20th to October 26th, with Purple Thursday falling on October 24th. Purple Thursday is a day to honor victims as well as to support survivors of domestic violence. Break the Cycle is another organization whose mission is to end domestic violence by focusing on young people "to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse" and bringing awareness to teen dating violence by hosting the annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month  (#teenDVmonth). In support of work at the individual, familial and organizational levels, the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families' library has numerous domestic violence/intimate partner/dating violence resources that are free and available to the public.
As we honor and support victims and survivors of abuse, we want to emphasize awareness of the many forms (physical, financial, mental, dating, sexual, etc.) that abuse can take. Additionally, it's important to recognize that domestic violence can occur in any community regardless of socioeconomic status. We hope the tips and resources below will be helpful to you and the families you serve as we work together to strengthen families.

Tips of the Month:

  • Call for help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline features highly trained expert advocates who are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the United States who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
  • Get involved. NNEDV has several ways that individuals, couples and families can get involved including supporting legislation, participating in events, and raising awareness. Visit their website for more information.
  • Understand that teens can also experience DV. These webinar slides from a presentation titled, Identifying and Intervening in Adolescent Relationship Abuse provides an overview of the research on teen dating violence and its impact on youth, and offers promising programs on how to respond. The presentation also includes tools and resources for health care providers, teachers and parents. Also, visit Break the Cycle for additional resources related to teen dating violence.
  • Visit the Strengthen Your Relationship section of our website. The Family Crisis section of Strengthen Your Relationship includes free and confidential tips and resources for domestic violence, suicide prevention, child abuse and/or neglect and other crisis situations. 


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