October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to help recognize, prevent, and respond to a serious health crisis affecting a tremendous number of women — and men — across the country.
This resource is a calendar of events funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Program in the Family and Youth Services Bureau during October to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2018. Events include webinars, Facebook chats, in-person programs, and other activities. For 2018, the #1Thing DVAM Campaign focuses on actions everyone can take to reduce domestic violence and bring awareness to the issue.
There are high rates of domestic violence among people seen in mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings, and it has long been recognized that domestic violence can have significant mental health and substance use-related effects. However, there exists a lack of collaboration, coordination, and partnership by and between these three service systems on the state and local levels. To assist in addressing this gap, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) have issued an Information Memorandum, SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum Working at the Intersections of DV, Substance Use, and Mental Health, calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health and substance use disorder treatment service providers and systems.