Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) has been observed since 1981 as a way to connect advocates, activists, legislators, communities, victims, and survivors in ending violence. Today, thousands of organizations across the country work each day to assist victims and families affected by domestic violence, helping them secure the safety, services, and resources needed to live healthier lives. In fact, Someplace Safe assisted at least 1,638 victims of domestic violence this past year in our local area. Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity for our communities to get involved in ending violence throughout October.

Here are a few ways you can participate:

  • Support a Victim or Survivor: Provide a listening ear or helping hand to a friend, family member, or coworker who may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Assist in connecting them with needed help or services at Someplace Safe or their local advocacy program, if desired.
  • Get Involved in a Local Event: By volunteering at a community event or attending one of our fall fundraisers, you are supporting local survivors by supporting the critical services provided by Someplace Safe. Check out our website event calendar at www.someplacesafe.info/events/calendar to see what is happening in our community throughout the fall.
  • Join the Day of Purple on Oct. 24, 2019: Someplace Safe invites you to participate in the annual Day of Purple on Oct. 24 . On this day, many community members will stand in solidarity and wear purple clothing or stickers as a way to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence while bringing hope to the survivors in our community. Many individuals, groups, or coworkers choose to show their support on the Day of Purple by pledging a few dollars to wear purple on October 24. So, wear your favorite purple shirt, sports jersey, accessory, hat or shoes. Collect Purple Pledges. Post your participation photos on social media. Show your support for #dayofpurple19! Free stickers and posters are available to help spread the word about the Day of Purple. To request your free materials, contact your local Someplace Safe office or send an email to newsletter@someplacesafe.info.
  • Make an Impact With $1 Per Day: All it takes is just $1 a day this October to make a difference in the lives of local survivors. In fact, a contribution of just $1 per day, less than a cup of coffee, can help local victims access the critical resources needed to live safer, healthier lives. Here is what a $31 donation may accomplish: - Approximately 1 hour of crime victim advocacy services at Someplace Safe Community Advocacy Offices. - A gas gift card for clients who need to travel to work, school, medical or advocacy appointments. - A meal for a family who is staying in emergency safe housing. - Approximately 1 hour of supervised parenting time at Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers. - Winter gear for a family in need at Someplace Safe Thrift Stores. You may give your $31 gift online by visiting www.someplacesafe.info/donate and selecting the “$31 for 31” button. You may also mail or drop off your $31 gift at your local Someplace Safe office. $31 for 31 supporters also have the option of having their name added to the 31 for 31 Wall of Support on our website. Visit www.someplacesafe.info/31-for-31-days-end-domestic-violence for more info.

No matter how you choose to get involved this October, you are helping end violence in our community. For more information, please contact your local Someplace Safe office or email newsletter@someplacesafe.info. You may also visit online at www.someplacesafe.info to learn more.