Tools and Resources
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, started in 1987 to bring a growing problem to the nation's attention.
Domestic violence can be physical and psychological and knows no boundaries. It affects all age groups, races, religions and economic backgrounds.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and females between 20- and 24-years-old are at the greatest risk.
Adult victims aren't the only people affected in a domestic violence situation. Children who witness it are also affected.
About 30 percent to 60 percent of domestic violence perpetrators also abuse children.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners when they become adults, according to NCADV.
Below are resources to help build awareness and help families who find themselves living with domestic violence.
SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline, or (in the U.S.) the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence: 206 634 1903
National Center for Victims of Crime: 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800 799 SAFE
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866 331 9474
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 800 656 HOPE
Domestic Violence Awareness Resources
2011 DVAM Campaign in a Box
A collection of sample materials that can be customized for individual use, educational webinars, and other useful tools to enhance your prevention and awareness efforts. All materials were developed in conjunction with the various organizations represented on the Project Advisory Group, as well as other national, statewide, and culturally specific organizations, projects and individuals.
- 2011 National Call of Unity – Register Now!
- NRCDV Resource and Product Catalog
- Mourn. Celebrate. Connect. Event Flyers – Make Them Your Own
- From the Front of the Room: Survivor Speaker's Guide – coming soon
- Utilizing Social Media – How to Post, Tweet, and Share
- Engaging the Press – What to Say and How
Resources on Domestic Violence and Violence Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Injury Center: Violence Prevention
NCIPC is the lead federal organization for violence prevention. The division's mission is to prevent injuries and deaths caused by violence.
Program information, research on program effectiveness and ratings of program outcomes based on expert reviews. Topics include children exposed to violence, delinquency prevention and community crime prevention strategies. National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Consulting, training and advocacy on issues relating to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
A national information and referral center for the general public, battered women and their children, allied and member agencies and organizations.
Comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.
A national resource center to build and disseminate knowledge about children exposed to violence. The Center develops a variety of publications for parents, practitioners and advocates and the general public.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides leadership in developing the nation's capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence has released charts summarizing statutes from all 50 states regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking.
Attorneys who represent victims of domestic violence in custody matters often encounter common myths. This one-page tip sheet provides facts and recent statistics for use in litigation.
The National Center for Victims of Crime operates this user-friendly database featuring more than 15,000 victims' rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, attorney general opinions and case summaries of related court decisions.
Resources for Parents and other Caregivers on Children Exposed to Violence
A magazine by and for parents involved in the child welfare system. Its mission is to help parents advocate for themselves and their children. Two issues are especially relevant: