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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience domestic violence. This October, YWCA of San Diego County commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in collaboration with community partners, service providers, and advocates across the country. Join us and take a stand against the pervasive issue of domestic violence and honor the resiliency of survivors in our community.

Domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse, and affects individuals from all backgrounds — regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death.

Get Involved

Take action by attending an event or rally, sharing educational materials, and joining the conversation online. 

  • Post one of our social media graphics to stand against domestic violence and advocate for healthy communities. Use #DVAM2016 and make sure to tag us facebook.com/ywcasd or @ywcasandiego.
  • Wear purple — the color of domestic violence — on Thursdays throughout the month to raise awareness of this critical community issue. Snap a selfie and share it with friends on social media using #DVAM2016.
  • Join the San Diego Gulls on Saturday, October 22 for Domestic Violence Awareness Night. Discounted tickets are available for $20 ($4 per person benefits our Becky’s House domestic violence programs).
  • Talk to your children about the dynamics of abuse and the attributes of healthy relationships using our power and control wheel.
  • Make an online gift to support survivors and their children in our Becky’s House domestic violence programs. YWCA ensures that individuals and families can secure safety and access much needed resources, including housing and a variety of supportive services.

Social Media

Right click and select “save as” to download a graphic to your computer. Don’t forget to use #DVAM2016 and tag facebook.com/ywcasd or @ywcasandiego.

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Community Events

Attend a community event to raise awareness of domestic violence, honor the lives of victims, and learn more about available resources. 


Week Without Violence
October 17 – 21
Help promote our national Week Without Violence and join the conversation online using #WorkAgainstViolence.

City Heights Rally
Friday, October 21 | 3PM
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San Diego Gulls Domestic Violence Awareness Night
Saturday, October 22 | 7PM
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East County Hope Rally
Friday, October 28 | 9:30AM
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Fast Facts

  • Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. Despite the misconception that only women experience domestic violence, 1 in 7 men are impacted as well.
  • 1 in 5 homicides in San Diego County were the result of domestic violence. 83% of all female homicide victims were murdered by a spouse, intimate partner, or family member.
  • Studies indicate that 63% of all homeless women have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. 90% have experienced physical or sexual abuse.
  • In the US, 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides.
  • Intimate partner homicides account for nearly half of all women killed each year in the US, more than half attributed to firearms.

Official Campaign Partner

San Diego Gulls