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.

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects countless individuals and families worldwide. Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness, educate the public, and support survivors. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of this month, the impact of domestic violence, support mechanisms available, and how we can collectively work towards eradicating this social problem.

Domestic violence encompasses various forms of abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual, and financial manipulation. It knows no boundaries and can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic background. By acknowledging the widespread nature of this issue, we pave the way for empathy, understanding, and proactive solutions.

Survivors of domestic violence often face numerous challenges due to lack of resources such as finances, child care, job security, and safety. Tri-Valley Haven’s mission is to provide survivors safety and resources against these barriers. From shelters and hotlines to counseling services and legal aid, these resources serve as lifelines for those seeking safety and a fresh start.

Preventing domestic violence requires a multi-faceted approach that involves education, early intervention, and changing societal attitudes. Schools, hospitals, workplaces, and communities must actively promote healthy relationships, consent, and gender equality. By challenging harmful stereotypes and fostering a culture of respect, we can strive towards a world free from domestic violence.

As October shines a spotlight on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, let us remember that the fight against domestic violence requires collective action and unwavering commitment. By spreading awareness, supporting survivors, and advocating for change, we can create a society where everyone feels safe, respected, and free from the shackles of abuse.


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.

Purple Thursday

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*


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Sometimes they’re quiet and cruel and swept under the rug

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