What is DVAM? Why it Happens and How it Helps

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It can happen to anyone at any point in a relationship. Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, cause fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want.

a woman wonders what is dvam
a woman wonders what is dvam

Each and every October, we bring awareness to domestic violence through the #1Thing campaign and recognize DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month).

Commonly asked questions about DVAM.

What is DVAM?

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is held throughout October. DVAM brings advocates across the nation together to end domestic violence. Communities and advocacy organizations across the country connect with one another in a true sense of unity to end domestic violence for good.


DVAM is a chance for anyone and everyone – victims, survivors, advocates, supporters, and political leaders – to unite in our work to end domestic violence. This is a time of solidarity and support. It is also a time for victims and survivors to share their stories.

When many people speak in a unified voice about domestic violence during October, we raise our collective awareness about this critical issue. Only through collaboration will it be possible to end domestic violence.

How to get involved in DVAM.

We encourage everyone to get involved and help raise awareness about domestic violence every October. We recognize the power that each one of us has in making a difference.

This year, we are participating in the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s #1Thing campaign. Change can start with only #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a community’s collective “#1Things” can lead to real social transformation.

Follow our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and tag us in your DVAM posts! Use the hashtag #1Thing to show your #1Thing that will end domestic violence.

Name #1Thing you want everyone to know about domestic violence.

What is your #1Thing you want all survivors to know?

What #1Thing are you doing to show support for survivors?


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