October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

October 2018 marks the 31st anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! DVAM was first established in October 1987 for the purpose of uniting the people and organizations who were working in the movement to end domestic violence, and to raise awareness about issues of domestic violence. Since the initial launch of DVAM, noteworthy progress, advocacy, and change has been made in this movement.*

NC Governor’s Proclamation
Every year, the NC Governor publishes a proclamation in support of DVAM. Please take a look at 2018’s Governor Proclamation. You may want to include it within your marketing materials as further support that domestic violence is a vital issue that concerns all NC residents, and that together we can create safe communities for everyone.

NCCADV Speakers Bureau
We are proud to announce the start of our NCCADV Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau is comprised of survivors who want to share their experiences with healing and trauma. Interested groups, organizations, or businesses will now be able to find information on our Speakers Bureau page. We hope this new service will not only create unique opportunities to educate communities about issues of intimate partner violence, but will further give survivors a chance to reclaim their narratives. Please contact Lisi Martinez Lotz, llot@nccadv.org, if you have any questions or if you would like to be added to the Speakers Bureau.

Promoting DVAM Locally and Nationally
Many of you are organizing local events and activities for your communities as well as participating virtually in national events. Take a look at these national websites for ideas on what you can do for DVAM both on the local and national level.

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Latino Network

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Below is a list of events being held across the state to honor survivors, victims, and advocates, show support for the movement, and raise awareness about domestic violence. The events listed are options that may be near where you are currently located, or options that you can participate in nation-wide right from wherever you may be.

If you would like your event to be added to this list, please email Lisi Martinez Lotz at llotz@nccadv.org with the following info:

  1. The name of the event
  2. The date and time of the event
  3. The location of the event
  4. A brief description (if possible)
  5. A link to a website or a phone number where folks can receive event information (if possible)

*Adapted from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence