October is Domestic Violence Awareness (and Action!) Month. DVAM “evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence .” (Source: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence)
For DVAM 2019, SafePlace is focusing on ways to take action against domestic violence, creating a safer community and standing behind survivors in the truth of their experiences. Check out our Facebook page throughout the month for posts about how you can be part of a community that supports survivors!
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence or relationship abuse) is a pattern of assaultive, coercive, dominating, and punishing behaviors perpetrated by one intimate partner to another. Domestic violence can also include violence between room mates, family members, and friends. Domestic violence includes physical and sexual assaults, emotional abuse, financial abuse, threats, coercion, and isolation. Abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, sexuality, race, or economic standing. Learn more about signs of abuse to look for in relationships.
How Can I Get Involved?
It takes all of us to build a community that is free from violence. The Friends and Family Guide from WSCADV has important information on how to help someone experiencing abuse; how to talk to someone who is causing harm by being abusive; and how to care for yourself as you help friends or loved ones who are in abusive relationships.
DVAM @ SafePlace
SafePlace will be holding an event to commemorate DVAM! More information coming soon…