Posted on October 4, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM). Will you #StandWithUs as we create awareness, compassion and impact for the 1 in 4 women who are victims of domestic violence? 

There are tons of ways to get involved this month. Whether you're attending an event, volunteering or becoming a social media advocate- no job is too small to be one of our rockstar impact makers. We could not do the work we do without community support and we want to thank you in advance for investing in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of domestic violence. You make the difference! 

So let's cover the basics... "What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month aka #DVAM?"

DVAM works to connect advocates across the nation who are working to end violence against women and their children. 

Our goal is to increase awareness and educate our community so we can all stand together and ensure that those affected by domestic violence have a voice and they are heard. We accomplish this through community events and activities celebrating our community coming together, celebrating survivors and those who work to end domestic violence, while also mourning the loss of those who have died due to domestic violence. 

1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence and we need your help to ensure we can make a difference for her and her family. So here's what you can do this month. Pick #1Thing that you will do to be an impact maker! There's so many options, which one is the right fit for you? 

1. Check Out An Event 

We've got a full lineup of awesome activities to share with you. 

  • Healing Through The Arts | October 11th
  • Candelight Vigil | October  18th 
  • Advocacy Conference | October 25th 

You can learn more about all of the DVAM events at dcfof.org/dvam

2. Volunteer

Head over to dcfof.org/volunteer to sign up and become one of our rockstar volunteers. Volunteer at an upcoming event, in our shelter, help out in the food pantry or even with our Children's program. We always need extra hands to help the hundreds of women and children we are serving each month.

Want to volunteer for one of the upcoming DVAM events? AWESOME! Email volunteer@dcfof.org to get setup right now.  

3. Social Media Advocate 

Become a social media advocate by helping educate the community and creating awareness within your social network. Email volunteer@dcfof.org to learn more about joining the group!

4. Get Trained

Invite our Prevention, Education, and Awareness team out to speak at your organization, school, business, church etc. Learn how each of us plays a role in the process of education, accountability and prevention efforts pertaining to sexual and domestic violence. You can request a training here

5. Tell Us Why You #DVAM? 

Tell us why you stand for the 1 in 4 women who are victims of domestic violence? Why is DVAM important to you? Email volunteer@dcfof.org or post it on social with #WhyIDVAM

There are so many ways to get involved this month and no effort is too small. Just pick #1Thing that you're doing to do to help make an impact! 

At Friends of the Family we provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention.

If you or someone you know needs help please call our 24-hour crisis line at 940-382-7273 OR 800-572-4031.

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