The prevalence of domestic violence is never lost on those who work every day to serve survivors. For others, it can be easy to dismiss domestic violence as a private matter and overlook its widespread prevalence. But chances are likely you know someone who is experiencing or has experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member, even if you aren’t aware of it happening. In fact, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
That’s why each year October is acknowledged as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity to remember victims of domestic violence, raise awareness of what domestic violence is, how to recognize it, and what we can all do to collectively prevent it.
In Pennsylvania, we also dedicate the month of October to remember all of the victims whose lives were tragically cut short as a result of domestic violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month serves as a reminder that domestic violence isn’t a private matter. It affects the safety and well-being of whole families and communities and can quickly turn lethal. In 2019, 39 women, men and children lost their lives at the hands of a relative, totaling 294 victims killed by a relative since 2010. Additional statistics about domestic violence fatalities can be found in PCADV’s 2019 Fatality Report.
How Can I Help?
Do you want to help domestic violence survivors, but you aren’t sure what you can do? We’re here to help.
We hope you will join us in standing up for survivors in October and always. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Sign up to be an advocate.
- Start a DVAM Facebook Fundraiser.
- Set up a monthly donation.
- Share your story.
- Wear purple on October 22. Show us your purple using #DVAM, #DVAM2020 #enddv
Follow us on social media throughout October to stay up to date.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
Be an advocate for survivors of domestic violence.
You can use your voice to stand with survivors and support the mission to end domestic violence. By signing up to become an advocate, you will receive action alerts when your voice is needed to encourage your state and federal representatives to support legislation that will help victims and survivors of domestic violence. A few minutes of your time can help make a huge difference for victims and survivors.
Stand Up for Survivors
Support Survivors with a Facebook Fundraiser
Looking for a way to support domestic violence survivors during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October? Start a DVAM Facebook Fundraiser. Encourage your friends and family to join you in standing up for domestic violence survivors by making a donation to PCADV.
Set Up a Monthly Donation
By making a monthly donation, you are making a commitment to end domestic violence. Your donation will help sustain our programming dedicated to advancing prevention, intervention, and change.
Tell your story
If you are a survivor of domestic violence, or the surviving family member of a victim, sharing your story can help advocate for others. Our team can work with you to help tell your story in a way that is safe and comfortable for you.