Supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). First observed in October 1981 as a national “Day of Unity,” DVAM is commemorated each October as a way to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence.
Four in 10 American women and nearly 3 in 10 American men are impacted by sexual abuse, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetimes.
There are many ways that you can be an ally this October and all year long:
- Share the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline number: call 800.942.6906, text 844.997.2121, or chat live
- Share the National Domestic Violence Hotline: visit thehotline.org, call 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224), or text “START” to 88788
- Join a Domestic Violence 101 training
- Share resources with friends, family, coworkers, or the people we serve
- Wear purple on October 19 for #PurpleThursday in recognition of survivors
- Here are more ways to be an ally all year long
S:US operates two domestic violence shelters in New York City, offering respite and sanctuary for women, men, and their children who have experienced domestic violence. We provide counseling and a place where individuals and families can feel safe and secure so they can rebuild their lives.
Thank you to our amazing staff for supporting the families in our shelters, stabilizing their lives, and helping them find permanent housing.