______________________________________________________________Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We celebrate the second half of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) by launching our Suited for Success Donation Drive taking place Oct 15-31, 2012. This donation drive is being held in conjunction with the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to benefit Sacramento area domestic violence programs. The clothes will benefit survivors by providing them with the professional attire they need to get a job and achieve economic independence. You may donate new and/or lightly used professional clothing at the CalVCP headquarters located at: 400 R St, First Floor Lobby, Sacramento, CA. For more information about this event, view the flier here.
This year, we also join the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault. "Created in 2010 by a zealous group of 50 individuals from varying backgrounds with the support of major anti-violence organizations, corporations and networks, and by employing solid, cause marketing, research-based data, NO MORE seeks to 'stop the stigma, shame and silence for good.' NO MORE is bringing greater attention to the widespread issue of domestic violence and sexual assault through the implementation of a unifying symbol that can be used by all to show support for ending these forms of abuse." You can find more information about the NO MORE campaign, view the symbol, and learn how you can get involved by clicking here.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, and in 1989 Congress officially designated October as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Similar legislation has passed every year since, with President Obama signing this year's DVAM Proclamation (President Obama's Proclamation).
All over California, domestic violence advocates will be coordinating their own DVAM activities including local proclamations, awareness events, and media advocacy efforts. In order to support the work of our local programs, The Partnership has prepared a sample press release to assist you in raising awareness about domestic violence in your communities (sample press release):
We've also compiled DVAM resources and posted campaign materials on our website including:
• Sample proclamations (sample proclamation; sample letter requesting a proclamation).
• Information on public awareness initiatives (Purple Ribbon Project; Silent Witness Initiative; Clothesline Project).
We hope you are able to take advantage of these materials, resources and support from The Partnership to advance public awareness about domestic violence in your communities. It is an honor to work together with one united voice to raise awareness and educate Californians about domestic violence.