Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There has been a relentless effort to raise awareness, increase understanding of this pressing problem, and enhance our community response to keep victims safe.
Each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), DCADV participates in a number of activities to help raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence. The purple ribbon is the symbol of this month and this issue.
During this month, DCADV hosts The Purple Ribbon Event and partners with other organizations to host and participate in press conferences and other public information activities. DCADV produces a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar of Events; sends press releases and does media interviews and advertising; lends posters, resources, and the Silent Witness Display for partner events and initiatives; and more.
Purple Ribbon Event
The Purple Ribbon event is DCADV's annual awareness event held each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Members from our community, survivors, service providers, advocates and friends gather to celebrate our partnership and shared work in preventing and ending domestic violence and to honor Vision of Peace, Spirit of Advocacy, and Corporate Citizenship Awardees.
Since 1996, DCADV has been involved with the national Silent Witness Project to remember those murdered in acts of domestic violence. Delaware's exhibit includes life-size silhouettes of 14 victims of domestic violence who died in 1995, as well as one "universal" figure intended to represent all Delaware victims of domestic homicide. The exhibit is frequently on display at various locations, including hospitals, police trainings, news conferences, and resource fairs.
If you are interested in displaying the Silent Witness exhibit, please complete the lending agreement form and fax to 302.658.5049.