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 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.
Connecting to Faith Communities around DVAM
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
NCADV's 2020 DVAM Toolkit is Here!
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.
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.
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.