Help Others #SeeDV in October

Help Others #SeeDV in October

dvam-2016-blog-1October is here, which means it’s time to raise awareness about domestic violence! Although domestic violence is an important issue year-round, Domestic Violence Awareness Month serves as a reminder to all of us that our stories and our voices matter. We must come together and help the world #SeeDV.

This year, we want people to know that there is no “typical case” of domestic violence. It can affect anyone, regardless of who they are or where they can from, and every person’s story is unique. With more than 12 million people affected by intimate partner violence in the U.S. each year, chances are you know someone who has experienced abuse. That’s why it’s important to understand the issue and know how to help someone you care about.

How Can You Get Involved During DVAM?

Share How You #SeeDV
Why is domestic violence an important issue to you? This October, let everyone know how you #SeeDV. Be sure to follow this blog as we share different perspectives on domestic violence from survivors, advocates and others in the field.

Attend Our Webinar
Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or background, and the experience is different for every survivor. In this webinar, survivors will share their unique stories and experiences, as well as what helped them and what did not. We’ll also discuss ways to support the survivor in your life. Reserve your spot for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!

Pass the Peace!
Join Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as he raises awareness and funds for domestic violence and dating abuse prevention. Learn how to participate here.

Wear Purple on Oct. 20
Show your support for domestic violence survivors and raise awareness by wearing purple on Oct. 20. Organizations and individuals around the country will be participating, including The Hotline. Go purple for DVAM and share your pictures on #PurpleThursday!

Tune in to Our Facebook Live Event
We’re often asked what people can expect when they reach out to The Hotline. In this Facebook Live event, Hotline advocates will be sharing their experiences and answering questions about their work. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.

We hope you’ll share how you #SeeDV with your friends, family and community this October. Be sure to follow The Hotline on social media for DVAM 2016 updates and ways to get involved!

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  1. [Admin note: This comment has been edited for safety per our community guidelines]

    Domestic Violence is terrible and needs to STOP! I’ve been in an abusive relationship for nearly a year now … The impact of DV is just too much and scars people for life! I have a court case coming up soon and am already exhausted from all the abuse!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for your comment. We are so sorry to hear that you are dealing with abuse. You do not deserve to be treated this way, ever, by anyone. We are here to support you. If you’d like to speak confidentially with one of our advocates, please reach out to us at 1-800-799-7233 or chat live here on our website between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Central time.

  2. I am an educated woman. I have a Masters degree. I thought this would exempt me from DV; that I would “know better.” I would read articles about DV and yet I did not see myself as a victim. I would read lists of characteristics about abusers and their actions or tactics and think, “My husband does those things.” Still, somehow I did not see myself as living with DV. Every time I sought health care in an urgent care center or ER, I was asked if I felt safe at home and I would always say “yes” but wonder why that was not true. It took watching my two oldest children begin to date and seeing them in DV situations for me to realize that they were repeating patterns of behavior they had watched growing up. Even then it took really watching some documentaries, listening to the stories of survivors, and counseling support to realize how much help I really needed and how I had learned to ignore myself and care only about my abuser’s happiness over the years. Please #SeeDV by understanding anyone can find themselves in a DV situation. It can develop over time and can look very different from situation to situation. If you know someone experiencing DV, please do not judge. Please help them find information and support. Please understand that even if you do help them find information and support there are many factors which might cause the relationship to continue. It may take a longer time frame for someone to leave or get help than you would like or expect. If you know someone in a DV situation, please let them know you have confidence that they can find help and seek support because they may lack confidence in themselves. Leading your confidence could be lifesaving.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are so right that domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of their background or education. It is so important for survivors to have a network of support, and we are grateful to survivors like you for bravely speaking out. Wherever you are in your journey, if you need us, we are here for you. Just call 1-800-799-7233 anytime or chat here on our website between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Central time.

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