October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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from the Family Violence Prevention Fund

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders, policy makers, faith-based groups, college students and others at events and activities designed to educate the public about domestic and sexual violence.

Activities include national campaigns, events like the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on October 8 to 10 in New Orleans, and state and local activities of all kinds.

Across the nation, experts and those who work with victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence are planning Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) events that educate the public, inspire action, and tell victims about the help and services that are available. While the activities come in all shapes and sizes, the goals are often the same: to raise awareness about the prevalence and cost of domestic and sexual violence, the need for prevention, and the services that are available to victims and their families.

I’ve been working for non-profits as a volunteer or paid staff member for the last 10 years. The primary focus of my work in the non-profit field has been educating the public about sexual assault. I have worked across a range of advocacy-related positions — from volunteering in direct services to coordinating media and legislation at the CALCASA.

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  • Michael Stamos October 1, 2009, 9:31 AM

    I am a student in a Masters of Social Work program an am looking for an event in or near Sacramento that I could attend for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Regards,
    Michael Stamos

    • Tammy October 1, 2009, 9:43 AM

      Hi Michael – The best agency to contact is WEAVE. Also, check out the Sac State Women’s Center. I’m sure they will be hosting a few events on campus. If you have anymore questions, let me know.

  • Joyce October 8, 2009, 9:11 AM

    Gift From Within is hosting an interactive art exhibit called A Woman’s Journey from Domestic Violence Victim to Survivor: The DOOR. It was created by Stacie Dubay, LMSW, a Counseling Supervisor at End Violent Encounters (EVE), Inc. in Lansing, Michigan.

    The link:
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/artpage3.html

    Description:

    “A Woman’s Journey from Domestic Violence Victim to Survivor” was constructed to encourage thought and action as people go about their daily activities. It has been displayed in coffee shops, City Hall, university campuses, and hospitals. It is intended to honor the strength and courage of women and men who have experienced domestic violence.

  • Michael Horn October 7, 2010, 11:12 AM

    My daughter Davida and I would like to rush you a free copy of our new documentary, Breaking the Silence. It’s already being used by therapists, shown in schools, etc. and we’d love to get a copy to you right away.

    Perhaps it can also still be used in any events you may have relating to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Please feel free to contact us with your preferred mailing address.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Horn & Davida Horn
    On the Couch Productions
    Producers/Directors
    Breaking the Silence
    http://www.breakingthesilencemovie.com
    310.702.9483

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