October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). DVAM is an opportunity to uplift the voices of survivors and supporters and engage in a national conversation about domestic violence to help change the narrative on this important topic. Conversations contribute to raising awareness, increasing donations and volunteer efforts, and deepening community engagement by connecting our work nationwide.
More prevalent than most people realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can experience domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme is a continuation of the 2022 theme, #Every1KnowsSome1. This campaign strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

The #Every1KnowsSome1 campaign focuses on the theme that everyone knows someone affected by domestic violence, whether they realize it or not. High rates of domestic violence are not private, individual problems; they require community solutions. #Every1KnowsSome1 impacted by domestic violence, and everyone has a role to play in preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors. Here’s how you can make an impact during DVAM:

Attend a DVAM event near you to support your local domestic violence agencyVisit Violence Free Colorado’s events calendar to find events across Colorado throughout October, and check back often as more will be added.
For those in the Denver area, join Violence Free Colorado in-person at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 for the One Mile Closer to Hope Domestic Violence Awareness Month walk, co-hosted with Rose Andom Center.
Social Media Campaign: Engage with Violence Free Colorado on social media using the hashtag #Every1KnowsSome1 as they share insights and resources, spreading the word and creating a united front against domestic violence.

Purple Thursday: No matter where you are on Oct.19, wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors and your commitment to ending abuse! Take a selfie in your purple and share it on social media with #PurpleThursday #DVAM #Every1KnowsSome1.

GiveForDV: Donate to Violence Free Colorado or your local domestic violence program to support their work serving survivors! Local agency donation pages are linked in the map of Colorado. Every gift makes a difference for survivors as they rebuild their lives free from abuse.

Each year, the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) at the Colorado Department of Human Services joins in state and nationwide initiatives. This year, DVP has created an email signature logo that individuals are invited to use throughout the month of October to raise awareness about domestic violence and the #Every1KnowsSome1 campaign. Check out this link to access the DVAM email signature logo.

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