October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This October, communities, allies, and individuals across the nation will once again come together to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While the destruction domestic violence causes on individuals, families, and communities are infinite, so is the positive impact of those willing to take a stand and support survivors. You may believe your voice or contribution is insignificant, but to one person, YOU could be the lifeline that helps a victim become a survivor.
Since 1979, Someplace Safe has provided crime victim services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes in west central Minnesota. These essential services are free, confidential, and offer support to survivors wherever they are at on their journey to safety. In this past year alone, Someplace Safe assisted 1,550 victims and survivors of domestic violence. These services include: a 24-hour crisis line, as well as phone, text, website chat or in-person advocacy appointments. Advocates provide assistance through court processes, provide emergency short term housing, resources, offer empowerment groups, help survivors with safety planning, and accompany survivors to medical/law enforcement appointments related to abuse.
Ready to Make an Impact and Stand Against Domestic Violence?
Here is What You Can Do:
Speak Out on Social Media.
Utilize social media to share information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Share your thoughts, speak out, provide your friends and followers with ways they can help. You may also consider creating a Facebook Fundraiser for Someplace Safe for the month of October.
Need some inspiration for your posts? Visit our website for shareable images and resources to use throughout the month at someplacesafe.info/dvam2020.html and remember to use #SPSDVAM to help spread the word.
Join 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 a bigger impact throughout the year? Consider committing to a $31 monthly donation for the year.
Making your $31 donation is easy:
- Visit someplacesafe.info/donate.html and select the “$31 for 31” button to donate online. (You may also set your gift up as recurring monthly donation if you wish.)
- Send the message “@sps” to 52014 to make your $31 gift via text.
- Mail a check with your $31 gift to your local Someplace Safe office or to: PO Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538.
- In celebration, all supporters will have their name added to the “$31 for 31 Wall of Support” on our website at someplacesafe.info/31for31.
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 how to approach the issue or fear the intervention may 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, the agency also provides support and services to friends, family and loved ones, as domestic violence can have widespread impacts on secondary victims as well. For resources and more information check out someplacesafe.info/resources.
Participate in the annual Day of Purple on October 22nd.
Join Someplace Safe in honoring survivors of domestic violence by wearing the color purple on October 22nd, 2020. Get your office, family, and friends involved and wear your favorite purple shirt, sports jersey, hat, scarf, or face mask for the day. Make sure to share your #dayofpurple participation photos on social media.
You may also 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 22nd. 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 someplacesafe.info/donate (select “Day of Purple Pledge” as the designation) or via text by sending the message “@sps” to 52014.
Make sure to request your free Day of Purple posters and participation stickers by emailing email@example.com by October 18, 2020 (while supplies last). For more information visit: someplacesafe.info/dvam2020.html
Explore Domestic Violence Workplace Policies.
Domestic violence victims may face a variety of physical, emotional, and economic impacts, due to the nature and complexity of abuse. This can carry over to the workplace, causing victims to miss work due to injuries, lack of transportation, inadequate childcare, as well as feelings of shame, embarrassment, and the like. In fact, the Department of Labor has reported that victims of domestic violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the United States, resulting in a $1.8 billion loss in productivity for employers. This October, consider ways in which employees who are experiencing domestic violence at home, can find resources and support in the workplace. You may post Someplace Safe contact information or posters in your breakroom, bulletin board, or via office communications (contact us if you are in need of materials). Employers may also refer to specific resources and information at workplacesrespond.org .
Organize a Supply Drive for Local Survivors.
Mobilize your group of friends or coworkers and 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.
No matter how you decide to support survivors this October, remember that you can make a difference in creating safer families, safer communities. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or other crime, please contact Someplace Safe at 1.800.974.3359.
The Someplace Safe Board of Directors seeks additional members to fill upcoming. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, varied life experiences, and/or survivors of crime are encouraged to appl.
Someplace Safe Board of Directors member terms are two years in duration and a member may serve up to three consecutive terms. Someplace Safe Board members are expected to provide a time commitment of two to five hours per month and provide additional time as needed for special events and projects. Someplace Safe Board meetings are on the fourth Tuesday 10 months of the year in Alexandria. Meetings are currently being held by electronic means due to the pandemic.
For more information or an application, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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