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Domestic violence is multifaceted and includes physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse of a victim and is often hidden from public view. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to domestic violence and its effect on women and children; however, we encourage you to promote awareness all year round. This page has resources and tools, ideas to promote awareness in your community, and OVW-funded events and webinars on domestic violence.


Tools/Resources

For additional information and resources, please visit the Office on Violence Against Women's webpage at https://www.justice.gov/ovw.

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Promote Awareness

All year round, you can share information about domestic violence. Below you will find ideas and tips to promote awareness in your community. We also encourage you to share with us how you promote awareness by clicking the "share your ideas" button.

You're invited to our virtual vigil!

Commemorate DVAM with Safe Havens on October 28!

Safe Havens is excited to announce our first ever virtual vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This vigil will honor those lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. The vigil will feature speeches, interfaith prayers, and a candle-lighting.

It will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28th, from 6:00-6:30 pm EDT.

For questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope to see you at the zoom link below!

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Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day 2020

Follow us on Twitter @WithoutViolence and join our conversation using the hashtags: #HCADV and #DVAM

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
10 AM Pacific/ 1 PM Eastern - 30 minutes

Download the Twitter Town Hall Questions


As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) is hosting a Twitter Town Hall for our annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day event! Join us on this awareness raising day to share your thoughts about how health settings can contribute to violence prevention (especially this year during COVID), how both advocacy and health settings can support their staff, and what DVAM means to you!

Joining a Twitter Town Hall is easy! It's a real time conversation where the Health and DV fields can come together and promote survivor health and safety. If you've never participated in one before, and you're interested in joining ours, here is how you can:

  1. Follow us on Twitter: @WithoutViolence
  2. Sign in on October 14th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern, and reply to the questions that we tweet!
  3. Each question will be labeled Q1, Q2, etc. Your response should include the corresponding answer label: A1, A2, etc. And don't forget to use the hashtags #HCADV and #DVAM to stay connected to the conversation.

Health providers can address IPV during this public health emergency by making sure that all patients are getting access to support resources. The HRC has been working to update our online resources to assist providers who are seeing patients through virtual visits. Visit our online toolkits, IPVHealth.org/covid19 (for health settings looking to improve their response to IPV) and IPVHealthPartners.org/covid19 (for community health centers working in partnership with domestic violence programs) to download these resources, as well as links to others.

Questions? Please contact health@futureswithoutviolence.org.

Thank you for your continued support,

 
Lisa James Signature

Lisa James
Director of Health

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Connecting to Faith Communities around DVAM

A message from Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Executive Director and Founder and Alyson Morse Katzman, Associate Director, of Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership:
 
Dear Advocates, Service Providers, and Friends,

We hope that this email finds you well and that you have had a wonderful summer! We also hope that you, your families, colleagues, and community are staying as safe as possible.

When we were last in touch, Safe Havens was developing a series of informational newsletter articles about the five “awareness months.” You received the first installment for World Elder Abuse Awareness Month in June. We are now sending you an article to share with faith leaders and communities about Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October. In addition to raising awareness in congregations, this provides you with another way to stay in touch with your faith communities, strengthen those important partnerships, and keep faith leaders connected to your important resources.

The attached DVAM newsletter article is ready to go, with the exception of dropping in your agency information (highlighted in yellow). Once you have made the article unique to your agency, you can use the attached letter/email to send the article along to your area faith leaders. Edit the letter/email as you see fit: we hesitate to put words in your mouth, but we’re trying to make this as easy as possible.

Safe Havens is hoping that this newsletter series will help raise awareness AND remind your community that your agency continues to provide high-quality services to any person facing abuse. Please let us know how it goes; feedback is always welcome.

Anne Marie and Alyson

 

Click Here to Access the Newsletter Article for Faith Community Newsletters

Click Here to Access the Suggested Email from Service Providers to Faith Communities

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NCADV's 2020 DVAM Toolkit is Here!

“As a survivor-centric organization and as part of our work to continue to lift survivors voices, support advocates and address the issues of domestic violence, I am always very pleased to see the new version of our DVAM toolkit," said Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV President/CEO. "It is our intention to make this available to any and all who care about the issue to help inform others, provide support and inspire.”
 
The toolkit’s 2020 theme is #PowerUp, which encourages “engagers” to consider their power as individuals and as part of a larger collective devoted to reducing and eliminating domestic violence in the United States. The #PowerUp toolkit includes ...
●    Details about NCADV and DVAM
●    Ideas and suggestions for DVAM in the Time of COVID-19
●    Information about Domestic Violence (including graphics, links to blog posts and fact sheets, and online resources)
●    Samples and Templates
●    More Ways to #PowerUp with NCADV
 
In addition to the assets made available by NCADV, additional elements from the Domestic Violence Awareness Project as well as Everytown for Gun Safety are included in the toolkit to provide a robust and informative resource to survivors, advocates and allies nationwide.
 
To get your copy of the #PowerUp toolkit, visit www.ncadv.org/newsletter and check the #PowerUp DVAM Toolkit box before submitting your information. An email will immediately be sent to you containing the toolkit.
 
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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: DVAM and COVID-19

Organization National Organization for Victim Assistance
Project Victims Rights and Advocacy for Military Members, Veterans and Their Families
Date & Time Aug 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Outreach, Advocacy and Innovative Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) planning for military-civilian communities during COVID-19. Join us for an open discussion on how to move forward with Domestic Violence Awareness Month planning in October for agencies providing services to military connected victims during COVID-19.  

Guest Presenters

Ivonne Ortiz, NRCDV’s Training Institute Manager and Callie Crockett, Family Advocacy Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense will be providing guidance on how military and civilian agencies can plan for DVAM in 2020.

Each presenter will provide a 5-10-minute presentation, along with providing attendees with resources to take back to their agencies.

 Questions? Contact Angela Duhon, Victim Services Program Manager @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

 

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May 21st #StandWithAAPIs Twitter Chat for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

If you are free tomorrow, May 21st at noon PDT, we would love for you to join us during our Twitter Chat for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 
 
We look forward to this each year as a chance to connect with our partners, allies, and community members and to raise up issues that matter to Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and to AAPI survivors. This year, we celebrate AAPIs by calling out racism, sharing ways to support AAPI communities and survivors, and uplifting AAPI organizations.

Come chat with us and organizations including Asian Family Support Services of Austin, A/PI Domestic Violence Resource Project, Futures Without Violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and more!
 
As COVID-19 transforms how we interact with each other, it is more important now than ever that we come together, not apart. We are saddened by the recent rise in anti-Asian and Pacific Islander xenophobic sentiment and concerned about the additional challenges this may add to the ability of AAPI survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other gender-based abuses to access services. What's more troubling is that the damage to AAPI communities' safety and well-being may linger after the pandemic itself abates. There is no better time than Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) to remember that racism is never founded and never okay. Join us as we say NO MORE to anti-Asian and Pacific Islander xenophobia and celebrate our diverse, resilient, and powerful communities!
 
 
 
This year's Chat Packet contains all the info you need, including: sample messages you can use to help promote the chat, the questions we will be asking, and sample responses.
 
If you are participating, we would love to know! Fill out this quick form so we know to expect you. If you cannot join on Twitter or at the given time, but would still like to contribute, please email Shirley Luo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Please help us share far and wide!
 
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OVW Honors Law Enforcement During Police Week

Department of Justice

Courtesy of Laura L. Rogers, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women

In 1962 President Kennedy declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that surrounds this day as National Police week. During this week we celebrate the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, but this year is unlike any other.

 

Announcing DocuSAFE Documentation and Evidence Collection App

NNEDV's new app, DocuSAFE, is live and available for download in the app stores!

DocuSAFE, a Documentation and Evidence Collection App, is a free app that helps survivors collect, store, and share evidence of abuse, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, online harassment, and dating violence. Survivors can document abuse by logging individual incidents, including any photos, screenshots, or video documentation of threatening messages, harassing social media posts, unwanted repeat calls, or online impersonation, among other abusive behaviors.

Storing documentation of abuse in one central location helps survivors identify the abuse and the extent to which it is occurring, including possible escalation of the behaviors. While not all survivors may choose to pursue legal action against the abusive person, for those who do, this app may be used to document and store evidence of the abuse that can be shared with law enforcement, an attorney, or a judge during a legal proceeding. The app provides options for securely sharing the content if the survivor chooses. DocuSAFE also includes information and resources to help better understand tactics of abuse, safety planning, and evidence / documentation collection.

If someone suspects that their device is being monitored, either physically or remotely, they should not download this app. There are additional resources on the DocuSAFE webpage, such as the Survivor Guide to Using DocuSAFE, to help survivors assess safety risks prior to download. There are also considerations for those working with survivors as a companion piece that can help advocates, attorneys, and others talk to survivors about safety planning and documentation.

The Safety Net Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) created this app with funding from the Office on Victims of Crime (OVC). We are grateful for the partnership with OVC and our app developer, 3Advance, that allowed us to create such a meaningful and important resource for survivors. This has been three years in the making with a significant focus on ensuring the app was built with survivor-centered approaches, prioritizing safety and privacy.

Please visit the DocuSAFE webpage to learn more and to download the app! 

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges staff are wearing purple to honor victims and survivors of #DomesticViolence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 2019. For resources, visit NCJFCJ's website at http://www.ncjfcj.org/ and the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody at https://rcdvcpc.org.

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The Domestic Violence Awareness Project

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports and promotes the national, tribal, territorial, state and local advocacy networks in their ongoing education efforts through public awareness campaigns, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building and TA.

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Beginning with the end in mind Post-investigation, Investigation Reports and Questioning Skills Part 2
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08
[ABA CDSV] Trial Skills Institute Module 2
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08
Supporting Advocate Wellbeing: Virtual Gatherings
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09
Beginning with the end in mind Post-investigation, Investigation Reports and Questioning Skills Part 3
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09
Contact Tracing: Considerations for Survivor Privacy
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