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 https://www.justice.gov/ovw.
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
OVW Honors Law Enforcement During Police Week
Department of Justice
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 http://www.ncjfcj.org/ and the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody at https://rcdvcpc.org.
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.