Sunday, September 29, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It's October so it must be Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence's (DCCADV) Spread Love DC campaign!   The focus this year is on healthy relationships, engaging in open and honest communication, and recruiting positive role models who will join the the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.

One in four women women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and young people ages 16 and 24 experience domestic violence at the highest rates.   But domestic violence can be prevented.   Raising awareness is a major step in this direction.   DCCADV has put together some simple and easy ways to get involved in the effort to stop domestic violence.

  1. Share a tweet a day! Each day in October help us raise awareness and promote local domestic violence service providers events and activities. Don’t know what to tweet? Use our handy 31 days of status updates cheat sheet! (PDF)
  2. Register your organization for Purple Thursday! Encourage your office, organization or group to wear purple on Thursday October 24th and you could win a pizza party for the entire office and other awesome prizes. Register your organization here: (This pic is of my mom and me in 2011 wearing purple for Purple Thursday!)
  3. Pledge to be Role Model for Healthy Relationships! Tell the world how you will be a healthy role model for your family, friends and peers? Post your picture to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to use the hashtag #SpreadLoveDC!

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