Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
The primary objective of DVAM is to raise public awareness about domestic violence, its prevalence, and the devastating consequences it has on individuals and families. By shedding light on this issue, DVAM aims to promote understanding, empathy, and support for survivors, as well as to encourage bystanders and community members to take action against domestic violence.
of children under the age of 18 are exposed to DV in their lifetime
of violent crimes in California are DV related
of survivors reported that their abuser disrupted their work
It is important to note that domestic violence does not always manifest as physical abuse. Emotional and psychological abuse can often be just as extreme as physical violence. Lack of physical violence does not mean the abuser is any less dangerous to the victim, nor does it mean the victim is any less trapped by the abuse.
Unfair blame is frequently put upon the victim of abuse because of assumptions that victims choose to stay in abusive relationships. The truth is, bringing an end to abuse is not a matter of the victim choosing to leave; it is a matter of the victim being able to safely escape their abuser, the abuser choosing to stop the abuse, or others (e.g., law enforcement, courts) holding the abuser accountable for the abuse they inflict.
DVAM is a chance for everyone – survivors, advocates, supporters, and political leaders – to unite in our work to end domestic violence. This is a time of solidarity and empathy, and a time for survivors to share their stories.
On Thursday, October 19, wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors and your commitment to ending abuse! Take a selfie in your purple and tag us on social media @trivalleyhaven and use the hashtags #PurpleThursday #DVAM
*Our hotline is available 24/7 even on major holidays, please call us for shelter inquiries or if you need emotional support at 1-800-884-8119*
People expect all stories of abuse to be loud and angry, but they’re not.
Sometimes they’re quiet and cruel and swept under the rug