< Back to Search

Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 2015

Published: September 29, 2015

As part of its annual observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program joins with its grantees and federal partners to offer a wide range of educational events and awareness activities. See details for each free event below and share with your colleagues. For additional tools, handouts, brochures, artwork, and other resources to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on communities and families, please visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) Domestic Violence Awareness Month page.

DATE

EVENT

INFORMATION

October 1st 2:00PM - 3:30PM CT/ 3:00PM ET -4:30PM ET

“Offenders Who Flee the Scene” - What Have We Learned?

Graham Barnes, Denise Eng, Praxis Blueprint Program Manager, Bree Adams-Bill, St. Paul Blueprint Coordinator, St. Paul City Prosecutor Tara Patet

In the early 2000’s, Dr. Ellen Pence understood that the most escalating, dangerous domestic cases were typically those involving an offender who left the scene and avoided arrest. Often there was a serious pattern of abuse with few or no legal consequences. The St Paul Blueprint for Safety prioritized an aggressive system response to these cases, and now, five years later, we look back. Are victims safer? Were injustices unintentionally created? What worked? What can we learn from St Paul so far? Denise Eng, Praxis Blueprint Program Manager and Bree Adams-Bill, St. Paul Blueprint Coordinator are joined by St. Paul City Prosecutor Tara Patet to discuss “Offenders Who Flee” and what’s been learned. Please join the discussion.

Register

October 1st National online release of Women of Color Voices Magazine Fall 2015 Digital Edition by Women of Color Network, Inc. or WOCN Inc. For more information

October 6th
3:00PM - 3:45PM ET

National Call of Unity: Awareness + Action = Social Change

On this annual, free 45-minute call, several national organizations, governmental agencies, local domestic violence programs, advocates, allies, survivors and their family and friends gather together to connect and refocus our efforts to end domestic and sexual violence. This year’s call will feature the inspiring story of Jacqueline Miller, who identifies as a childhood survivor of domestic violence.

Dial (877) 594-8353, passcode 924-42-288# to join the call.
RSVP

October 6th
11:00AM - 11:30AM CT/ 12:00PM - 12:30AM ET

Blog Talk Radio Session: A Conversation About the Increasing Language Access in the Courts Toolkit Developed by the National Latin@ Network, Casa de Esperanza

This Blog Talk radio session will explore the features of the Language Access Toolkit for enhancing access to domestic violence and sexual assault services for individuals with limited English proficiency. This toolkit provides a step-by-step process for developing your first written language access plan and a template with sample language for recording your policies and procedures.

Listen live to the radio show.

October 7th 1:30PM -3:00PM CT/ 2:30PM -4:00PM ET

Calculating Safety: Domestic Violence and Child Support Parenting Time Initiative, Battered Women’s Justice Project

Nancy Ver Steegh, William Mitchell College of Law and Gabrielle Davis, BWJP

Policy makers and stakeholders have been engaged in a national discussion about establishing parenting time for never-married noncustodial parents when initial child support orders are entered. Congress recently weighed in by resolving that “establishing parenting time arrangements when obtaining child support orders is an important goal which should be accompanied by strong family violence safeguards.” This webinar will explore what it means to integrate “strong family violence safeguards” into child support parenting time initiatives and offer safety criteria designed to augment the kinds of safeguards that customarily accompany child support establishment processes.

Register

October 13th

2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

#DVAM2015 Twitter Chat: Fostering healthy communities through collaboration across social justice movements, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

In order to foster healthy communities, we must create partnerships with other social justice movements around our common goals to promote human rights. Activists and organizations driving the work of allied social justice movements will participate in this discussion about the value of these partnerships in preventing gender based violence and responding to the complex and multi-faceted lived experiences of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Follow and join the conversation on Twitter at #DVAM2015.
RSVP

October 14th

All Day Event

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

This awareness-raising day sponsored by the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence aims to reach members of the healthcare community and educate them about the importance of screening for domestic violence. Check out the Action Kit for outreach ideas, social media tools, and awareness activity examples.

For more information

October 15th 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM ET

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships: Systemic, Cultural, and Faith Issues, Northwest Network

Intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships is as common as in heterosexual relationships but often more invisible. Join Connie Burk, Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison, and Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune for a discussion about the systemic, cultural, and faith issues that impact LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. This conversation will focus on systemic issues, such as homophobia, that severely limit opportunities for victims to find help, as well as cultural and faith issues that may impact a faith community's ability to respond.

Register

October 15th

2:00PM -
3:00PM ET

Collaborations and Connections Between Child Support Agencies and the Domestic Violence Field: Resources to Make it Real

During DVAM 2014, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and the ACF Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) hosted a webinar that started many conversations between child support programs and dv advocates about enhancing safe access to child support services. One theme that has repeatedly been heard from those conversations was a desire for practical steps that states and local programs could take to move beyond the conversation and into action. For DVAM 2015, OCSE and FPVSA are responding with the release of multiple new resources to: provide a roadmap for actions child support and domestic violence programs can take to enhance safe access to child support services and provide ongoing support to collaborations between child support agencies and DV programs/coalitions. This webinar will provide an introduction to using those resources and announce the launch of a new Domestic Violence and Child Support Liaisons Network supported by OCSE and FVPSA. 

Register

October 15th

8:00PM – 9:00PM ET

Why Do Some Men Batter?
WOCN, Inc. Blog Talk Radio Show Hour

The show is in partnership with Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.

Listen here

October 16th 4:30PM – 8:00PM ET

Women of Color Network, Inc. Ribbon Cutting and Open House
1519 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA

For more information

October 20th

2:00PM - 3:30PM CT/ 3:00PM - 4:40PM ET

Best Practices and Help Seeking Obstacles: Advocacy and Law Enforcement, Battered Women’s Justice Project

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. Editor, Psychology of Violence; Research Professor, Department of Psychology
Sewanee, the University of the South

A national study conducted by the presenter found that an exemplary level of police response (that which included at least 6 “best practices” for law enforcement) were most associated with arrest: follow up after initial contact, safety planning with victims, assessment of child’s needs, provision of 911 telephone, description of protection orders and court procedures, connection with available shelter and services, explanation of effects of domestic violence on children, and efforts to help victims feel safe. Contact with advocates involving referrals and protection order information was most associated with separation from domestic violence perpetrators. Obstacles to accessing services were identified. Help seeking was not deterred by obstacles in the directions anticipated by researchers. Criminal justice case attrition was high across the full spectrum of criminal legal interventions.  Finally, we will consider ways to improve the law enforcement and advocacy response, including the VIGOR safety plan.

Register

October 20th

2:00PM -
3:30 PM CT/

3:00PM - 4:30PM ET

Walking with Latin@ Survivors: A Presentation about Latin@ Advocacy Approaches and Practices, Casa de Esperanza

Rosario de la Torre, Casa de Esperanza

In observance of the 2015 DVAM, this webinar will highlight best practices for advocates when working with Latina/o survivors. The presenter will provide information, concrete strategies and the opportunity for discussion to make advocacy services accessible to Latina/o survivors and their families.

Register

October 21st 12:30PM -
2:00 PM ET

Allies in the Struggle: Intersectional work as a trauma-informed response and prevention, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

This webinar is for aspiring white allies interested in deepening our understanding of the connections between racial justice work and domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention work. Topics will include: how disparities created by institutional and systemic expressions of racism may affect survivors of color, why an intersectional approach is integral to a trauma-informed response and building trauma-informed prevention programs, and specific examples of how to incorporate a racial justice lens into our work.

Register here
or
Register here

22 de Octubre, a las 2:00 PM, Hora CT

Español: Caminando on las/los Sobrevivientes Latinas/os: Una Presentación Sobre la Práctica de la Intercesoría Latina, Casa de Esperanza

Ponente: Rosario de la Torre, Casa de Esperanza.

Esta presentación proveerá herramientas concretas para trabajar con sobrevivientes Latinas/os de violencia de género y sus familias. Acompáñenos mientras conmemoramos el mes de la concientización de la violencia doméstica y compartimos información y estrategias concretas. También proveeremos la oportunidad para conversar sobre cómo crear servicios accesibles para sobrevivientes Latinas/os y sus familiares.

Register

October 23rd

2:00PM - 3:30 PM ET
(1 - 2:30 PM CT; 11 AM - 12:30 PM PT)

Abusive International Marriages in Hmong Communities: Building Our Future Campaign

How do advocates respond to new trends of gender-based violence in their communities? When Hmong American men started leaving their families to marry very young Hmong brides from Laos, Thailand, and China, Hmong advocates and survivors organized to analyze and name the problem and document its effects: forced divorce without child support for first wives; teenage children dealing with step-mothers their own age or younger; isolation or abandonment of new brides; and sudden, severe poverty for families as men spent family income on international marriages. From the first of four retreats in 2007, a report by the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence(formerly, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence) in 2012, and the Building Our Future campaign launched in 2013, Hmong advocates and survivors have been confronting abusive international marriages.

A network 100+ Building Our Future organizers are holding a Day of Action in communities across the nation during DVAM. Join this webinar to hear three leaders articulate the problem and describe campaign strategies that engage survivors to define solutions to change patriarchal cultural practices that perpetuate domestic violence and gender inequity.

Join

October 23rd
2:30-4:00 PM EST

#JaggedJustice
Call for Communities of Color: Connecting the Dots Across Violence

hosted by WOCN Inc.
Follow #JaggedJustice on twitter

October 26th

Release of WOCN Inc. 2015 Fact and Stats Booklets: Domestic Violence Across Communities of Color, Sexual Violence Across Communities of Color, Violence

For more information

October 27th 3:00PM - 4:30PM ET

Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control, Part 1: A Basic Skill for LGBT DV Advocacy, Northwest Network

This session offers an exciting introduction to the Northwest Network’s tool and analysis on assessing patterns of power and control in abusive relationships. Developed over 20 years of work with LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence, the Northwest Network’s approach to assessment continues to be a fundamental consideration and practice for any organization hoping to create relevant, accessible support for LGBT individuals, as well as broadly expanding our capacity to holistically respond to the experiences of all survivors.

Join

October 27th 2-3:30 p.m. CT/ 3-4:30 p.m. ET

A Deeper Conversation: The Intersection of Firearms and Domestic Violence
The Hotline will partner with Americans for Responsible Solutions for a joint webinar. The webinar will take a look at how the presence of a firearm in an abusive relationship intensifies the fear of abuse victims. It will also explore what can be done to provide greater protections to domestic violence victims and survivors.

Register

October 28th 2:00PM - 3:30PM ET

Embracing the Intersectionality of Oppressions Lens: Bringing the margins to the center, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 

WOCN, Inc. along with several community organizations will discuss the necessity for intersectionality in our work as we seek our collective liberation. Presenters will discuss the significance, gifts, challenges, successes and the evolution of using intersectionality of oppressions lens as the main approach to our work. This presentation will offer strategies for developing and implementing relevant and effective programming to foster healthy communities — building partnerships, collective leadership, and networks through this community organizing approach to more meaningfully engage communities of color. 

Register

October 29th 2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

Collaborations and Connections Between Tribal Child Support Agencies and Tribal Domestic Violence Providers: Resources to Make it Real

During DVAM 2014, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and the ACF Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) hosted a webinar that started many conversations between child support programs and dv advocates about enhancing safe access to child support services. One theme that has repeatedly been heard from those conversations was a desire for practical steps that could be taken to move beyond the conversation and into action. For DVAM 2015, OCSE and FPVSA are responding with the release of multiple new resources to: provide a roadmap for actions child support and domestic violence programs can take to enhance safe access to child support services and provide ongoing support to collaborations between child support agencies and DV programs/coalitions. This webinar will highlight promising practices for Tribal Child Support Agencies and Tribal DV programs for enhancing safe access to child support and provide a special focus on use of the new resources in Tribal settings. The webinar will also describe and announce the launch of a new Domestic Violence and Child Support Liaisons Network supported by OCSE and FVPSA. 

Register

October 29th 1:00PM – 2:30PM ET

Innovative Microenterprise Models for DV Survivors: Three Shelter Programs Share Their Success Stories
This webinar is hosted by Greenhouse 17, the Tillamook Women’s Resource Center, and the H.E.R. Shelter, in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Register

ONGOING ALL MONTH

Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence

This online resource center is designed for advocates, domestic violence programs, and others seeking to enhance their services to support healing for children, youth, and their parents experiencing domestic violence. The website includes: a searchable database of evidence based interventions and promising practices for serving children and youth exposed to domestic violence and resources and guidance on working with culturally diverse families; training curricula, research articles, and other tools for advocates; and resources for parents/caregivers.

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody will be releasing a one page document entitled "31 Facts on Domestic Violence" which will include a fact (and citation) about domestic violence for each day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The RCD:CPC will also release a fact each day of October through our social media outlets (Twitter and FaceBook). 

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

NO MÁSCasa de Esperanza


The national NO MÁS campaign is scheduled to launch in October. A result of a partnership between NO MORE and Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, the NO MÁS will feature television and radio PSAs as well as an interactive website aimed at encouraging parents and other caring adults to hold conversations with their children about healthy relationships, communication, and sexuality. The campaign will reach both Spanish and English speakers. 

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

Health Cares About IPV: Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit

Screening and counseling services for domestic and interpersonal violence are among the preventive health benefits that are now covered by new insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act. FYSB’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence health team has launched an Online Toolkit for healthcare providers and domestic violence advocates. This toolkit aims to help health care providers and advocates learn more about how to help women be healthy and safe. Among our new educational tools and strategies are: Free patient resources; Free tools for providers; Tools to help health systems and clinics prepare their practice; Materials for domestic violence advocates; Setting-specific practice recommendations and tools: Including technical assistance from National Health Resource Center on Domestic violence staff.

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

I #SeeDV Series

Starting October 1, the National Domestic Violence Hotline will post a series of blog posts from community leaders on how they #SeeDV. Topics range from the roles that corporations as responsible citizens can play in helping to educate the community and end domestic violence to how domestic violence intersects with HIV/AIDS and gun violence. Throughout the month, The Hotline will also invite the public to join in on the conversation through social media using the hashtag #SeeDV.

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

Empowered: Women, HIV & Intimate Partner Violence

This campaign from Greater Than AIDS is designed to increase understanding concerning intersection of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. Produced by Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Planned Parenthood, Positive Women’s Network, The Well Project and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the campaign is anchored by a video featuring Tonya Lewis Lee—lawyer and women’s health advocate—in conversation with women with HIV who have experienced abuse. A community tool kit is available free to support organizations serving women. Materials will be available for viewing at http://empowered.greaterthan.org.

To request a kit, email greaterthan@kff.org

ONGOING ALL MONTH

Special Collection on the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV/AIDS

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s Special Collection is designed to assist domestic violence advocates in providing support and resources to victims of domestic violence who are also living with HIV/AIDS or at risk of contracting HIV due to violence in the context of their relationship. This collection contains resources to help advocates and service providers understand HIV/AIDS and its connection to intimate partner violence, and provides resources to help expand program capacity to serve victims living with HIV/AIDS.

Visit the website

ONGOING ALL MONTH

Learn About FVPSA

Visit this interactive website to learn more about the history of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the programs funded by the Family Violence Division in the Family Youth and Services Bureau, ACYF. The website features a brief moving infographic that tells the FVPSA story.

Visit the website

 

Last Reviewed: October 1, 2015
Back to Top