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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month VAWA icon purple ribbon

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, OVW-funded events and webinars on the topic of domestic violence, and ideas to promote awareness in your community.


For additional information and resources, please visit the Office on Violence Against Women's webpage at

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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.

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!

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! 


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 and the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody at


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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Enhancing Victim Safety and Facilitation Skills in Abusive Partner Intervention: Survivor-Centered Work in Abusive Partner Intervention and Engagement (Webinar 1/3)
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Report it Right: Tribal Governments Program
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Report it Right: Transitional Housing Program
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Report it Right: ICJR (Arrest) Program
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Establishing A Mandatory Prevention and Education Program for All Incoming Students and the Summer Prevention Portfolio
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