October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 1 in 4 Women are victims of domestic violence, stand with us to help make an impact. #DVAM #StandWithUs #Awareness #DCFOF

In honor of domestic violence awareness month businesses around our community showcase a silent witness to represent the 1 in 4 women who are victims. Request a silent witness to be delivered to your business to display during the month of October. 

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History of DVAM 

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

The focus of the awareness activities and events have three common themes: 

  1. Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  2. Celebrating those who have survived
  3. Connecting those who work to end violence

Upcoming Events 

Dogs Against Domestic Violence

October 4th | 6:30 pm | Oak St. Drafthouse 

Healing Through the Arts

October 11th | 7:00 pm |  GDAC

Clothesline Project & Candlelight Vigil

October 18th | Facebook Live 4pm

Accountability Through Advocacy

October 25th | 9:00 am | Embassy Suites Denton

We are hosting the first Dogs Against Domestic Violence event which includes a doggie parade. We will start off at Oak Street Drafthouse with a program and speaker from Friends of the Family followed by we are off on our doggie parade to East Side! Costume contest, awards, drinks and more!

Healing Through The Arts is part of the initiative of music and art therapy at Denton County Friends of the Family and is being hosted in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the evening we will have dance performances from TWU and UNT, and Morse Street Baptist Church. Join us for the early bird community art project: Arrive at 6pm to participate in a hands-on art activity.

Healing Through the Arts is hosted by the Our Community Matters Program at Denton County Friends of the Family and Greater Denton Arts Council.

Cancelled due to rain but please be sure to tune in on Facebook at 4pm for a Facebook live candle light vigil in honor of lives lost because of domestic violence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The conference was designed to provide the most advanced and current knowledge for practitioners in the areas of BIPP, law enforcement, probation, parole, legal, professional counseling, social work, health providers and other social services working directly or indirectly with family violence offenders.

Your Impact 

Here's how you can help! Join us at one of our awareness events throughout the month, make a donation in honor of the 1 in 4 women who are victims of violence, or invite one of our experts to your business or organization for a training. 

Request a Training 

Invest in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of domestic violence in our community. Every $65 provides 1 hour of counseling for a mother or play theraphy for a child. Every $150 provides a night of shelter for a mom and her 2 children.


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