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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021: Resources and Information

This October, communities, allies, and individuals across the nation will come together to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While the devastation domestic violence causes on individuals, families, and communities is infinite, so is the positive impact of those willing to take a stand to show support for survivors. You may believe your voice or contribution is insignificant, but to one person, YOU could be the lifeline they need!

Read below to learn how you can STAND UP and make an impact this October.

  • Speak Out on Social Media:

Utilize social media to share information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Share your thoughts, speak out, and help empower your friends and followers with ways they can help, too. Need some inspiration? Check out the ready-made posts below and use #SPSDVAM when sharing:

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  • Give to the $31 for 31 Campaign:

Your donation of just $1 a day in October provides funding for critical advocacy services. For less than the price of a daily cup of coffee, YOU can make a difference in the lives of for local victims and survivors of abuse! Want to make an even bigger impact throughout the year? Consider committing to a $31 monthly donation.

Making your donation is easy. Visit www.someplacesafe.info/donate and select the “$31 for 31” button to donate online or mail a check with your $31 gift to your local Someplace Safe office or to: PO Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538.

As an added bonus: $31 for 31 donors will be entered to win prize drawings at the end of the month! Stay tuned for more information.

Learn more and view the 2021 Supporters at: $31 for 31 Days: Make a Difference with $1 Per Day | Someplace Safe

  • Support Loved Ones:

It can be difficult to know what to do if someone you know is experiencing domestic violence. You might want to help but are unsure of how to approach the issue or fear that doing so might damage your relationship. If you know or suspect someone is experiencing domestic violence, keep a line of support open, listen, and check in with them often. You may also reach out to Someplace Safe with questions about how to talk about domestic violence with someone you care about. Someplace Safe not only assists victims of domestic violence, but also provides support and services to friends, family and loved ones, as domestic violence has lasting impacts on secondary victims as well.

  • Participate in the Annual Day of Purple Campaign:

Purple is the color used throughout October to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to WEAR PURPLE Thursday, October 21, 2021 in unity with others across the country to support, pay tribute, and honor friends, family, and community members who have experienced domestic violence.

Here is how to participate: Someplace Safe invites you to wear purple on Thursday, October 21st as a way to honor friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and community members who have been impacted by domestic violence. Wear your favorite purple shirt, jacket, sports jersey, hat, scarf or face mask! Get the whole office or group involved. Use the campaign as a conversation starter: Who are you wearing purple for? Why are you supporting the campaign? What can be done within your office/group/family to help local victims and survivors?

Here is how you may pledge your support:

  • You can organize a Purple Pledge collection at work or within your group of friends. Consider pledging a few dollars for the privilege of wearing purple on October 21st. Purple Pledges may be dropped off at your local office or mailed to: Someplace Safe, PO Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0815.
  • Purple Pledges may also be made online at www.someplacesafe.info/donate (select “Day of Purple Pledge” as the designation) or via text by sending the message “@sps” to 52014.
  • Organize a Day of Purple supply drive. Collect toiletries, gift cards (gas, grocery, local retailers), cell phones (in any condition) and quilts for local Someplace Safe clients who are in emergency situations.

Help publicize the Day of Purple:

  • Share Day of Purple information at upcoming meetings, email the information to your co-workers, or get your social group involved.
  • Hang a Day of Purple poster in your home, place of business, or meeting space and wear a Day of Purple sticker as symbol of your support and participation. (Free posters and stickers are available by request.)
  • Share your #dayofpurple participation photos on social media. Show off your favorite purple fashions to your friends and followers!

For more information or to request free Day of Purple posters or stickers, email newsletter@someplacesafe.info or contact your local Someplace Safe office.

Prefer to print your own Day of Purple materials? Just click below:

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Spanish Poster

Pledge Form

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  • Join the National Campaign:

Every October, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins with our partners, supporters, and allies across the country to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

This year, we’re partnering with state coalitions across the nation to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to changing the narrative on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic. More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

Throughout October, we will be sharing content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to help raise awareness and educate the public on the complex dynamics of domestic violence. A Week of Action is planned for October 18-24, 2021 to engage advocates, partners, and the public in starting a national conversation.

Click here for the full TOOLKIT

Additional information and national resources can be found at:

Public Awareness & Prevention | National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (nrcdv.org)

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