Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) launched nationwide in October 1987 to bring together organizations and individuals working to raise awareness of domestic violence issues. Join us and take a stand against the pervasive issue of domestic violence and honor the resiliency of survivors in our community.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience domestic violence. Domestic violence is a recurring, deliberate pattern of behaviors perpetuated by one partner (or ex-partner) to gain power and maintain control over another in a relationship, including physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and financial abuse. It affects individuals from all backgrounds — regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education level, or religious affiliation. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically and may include physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death.
Take action by attending an event or rally, sharing educational materials, or joining the conversation online:
- From October 2 – 31, join the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge to raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. Help us win a grant to benefit our domestic violence programs, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, by creating your own fundraising page and asking friends to contribute to your team. Or, you can make a one-time donation.
- Post one of our social media graphics below to stand against domestic violence and advocate for healthy communities. Use #DVAMTurns30 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 #DVAMTurns30.
- Whether you’re personally experiencing abuse or know someone who needs help, learn more about the warning signs of domestic violence and suggested action steps. Call our 24/7 domestic violence hotline at 619.234.3164 to access safety planning, crisis counseling, and more information.
- 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 stability and access critical resources, including safe shelter and a variety of supportive services.
Attend a community event to raise awareness of domestic violence, honor the lives of victims, and learn more about available resources:
Purple Purse Challenge
October 2 – 31
YWCA is proud to participate in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge to raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. Supporters can help us win a grant to benefit our domestic violence programs, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, by creating a fundraising page and asking friends to join their efforts.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off Event
San Diego Central Library, Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th Floor
October 3, 2:30-5pm
Join the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and advocates throughout the county for a DVAM kick-off event and resource fair, including resources opening at 2:30pm and a ceremony from 3:30-4:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and includes speeches from dignitaries, survivor and youth presentations, and the reading of names of those who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2016.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®
Downtown San Diego
October 14, 10am-1pm
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for YWCA of San Diego County — strap on a pair of heels (or not) and challenge your team to go the extra mile! Following the walk, celebrate your achievement with live music by Mojo Jackson, lunch provided by Luna Grill, and games and prizes for adults and children. Plus, enjoy a silent auction, face painting, art activities, and more.
Week Without Violence
October 16 – 20
Help promote our national Week Without Violence and join the conversation online using #WWV17. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence with YWCAs across the country and around the world.
By the Numbers
- Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. Despite the misconception that domestic violence is a gender-based issue, 1 in 7 men are victims as well.
- In San Diego County, a total of 16,719 domestic violence incidents were reported to law enforcement in 2016, although the majority of cases are never reported due to the complex dynamic of intimidation and fear in abusive relationships.
- 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence and nearly 38% of all victims of domestic violence become homeless at some point in their lives.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.