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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.


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

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM)


This October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, BWJP is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and other state coalitions across the nation to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to flipping the script on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic. 

How can you help? Join us! Show your support for victims and survivors by following our social media accounts and sharing the content we’ve already prepared with your own networks throughout the month of October with the hashtag #Every1KnowsSome1. 

Participate in our week of action, October 18 - 24, 2021 and stay engaged throughout the year to show your support.


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


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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