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Only 318 days before the start of DVAM 2019...

Voter Engagement and Participation:

 

An Important Role for Advocates

 

By NRCDV’s Policy and Research Team

As advocates working with and on behalf of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, we are often in a unique position to see the real impact that laws and policies have on people’s daily lives – on their safety, health, economic security, and well-being. We can notice patterns and gaps in how systems are or are not responding, and by deeply listening to survivors and communities, we can help identify policy solutions that can make a significant positive difference.•

At NRCDV, we’re taking time this Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to share the importance of voting and civic engagement and to highlight the connections between how we vote and the policies that impact survivors’ lives.

Who and what we vote for – the candidates, ballot initiatives, and referendums – at the federal, state, and local levels is a critical opportunity to make our voices heard, to use our vote as a statement of our values and priorities.

Some of the policy priorities for us at NRCDV include:

 Ongoing support for three cornerstone pieces of federal legislation: the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), Violence Against Women (VAWA), and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

 • Economic security programs like equal pay, paid family and medical leave, paid sick and safe days, and access to affordable childcare.

 • Policies that address the over-incarceration and disproportionate incarceration of people of color, including efforts to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

 Policies that close loopholes that enable abusers to have access to firearms, other measures that address gun violence.

 • Safety for immigrant victims of domestic violence, including policies that extend asylum protections to victims, promote pathways to legal status for victims, and provide safety from detention or deportation when victims seek help through the courts, medical facilities, or other service providers.

This DVAM, #1Thing you can do to address domestic and sexual violence is commit to voting. For those of us with the ability to vote, we should also take this month to be sure that our vote is based on a well-informed understanding of the policies that candidates put forward, and the impact of initiatives or other measures that might be on the ballot – and to remember that this kind of policy-level work is central to our role as advocates, too!

As organizations working to end domestic violence and sexual assault, we can also work with survivors and others in our communities to ensure that they are registered to vote and committed to participating in the electoral process. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations are permitted to promote voter participation and to engage with candidates for elected office on a nonpartisan basis. You can find guidelines for these types of activities here and voter registration deadlines in your state here. Also, see guidance from NNEDV on safety considerations and voter registration here.

Your vote can be #1Thing that makes a difference for survivors and for your community!

 


 

DVAM2018: What's Your #1Thing?

 

By Breckan Erdman, Program Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

 

Social justice movements thrive when each person does their part in advancing the cause. For some, this might mean canvassing in your community before a local election or volunteering for a local crisis line. It could also be educating your loved ones about microaggressions, showing up regularly to rallies for racial justice, or sharing your story of resilience as a survivor.

“Doing your part” to end domestic violence looks different for each and every one of us, but the key is that we act. When we go beyond raising awareness to taking action by showing up, stepping in, and speaking out, real social change is possible. That’s why, for Domestic Violence Awareness Month(DVAM) this October, we’re challenging you to find the “one thing” you can do to promote social change, and then take ACTION!

 

What’s Your #1Thing?

“You have to act as if it were radically possible to change the world. And you have to do it all the time.” -Angela Davis

Here at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, we believe that Awareness + Action = Social Change. So for DVAM 2018, we are asking you to do #1Thing to advance social change. Your #1Thing could be to:

  1. Donate your time and/or money to support your local domestic violence program.
  2. Contact your representatives to let them know why federal programs such as VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA are important for survivors.
  3. Use your privilege to speak up the next time you see or hear a microaggression.
  4. Hold your loved ones accountable when they tell a racist/sexist joke.
  5. Vote—federal, state, and local elections are all important!
  6. Offer support and stability to a child experiencing domestic violence. Simply being there can make a difference in that child’s life.
  7. Engage in regular self-care to promote your long-term sustainability in the movement.
  8. Tell someone they matter.
  9. Support women-and people of color- owned business in your community.

The possibilities are endless, and each of these individual actions has value as we work together to create the world we want to live in. Once you’ve committed to your #1Thing, be sure to share it loudly and proudly—your #1Thing might inspire your friends and family to join you in taking action to end domestic violence!

Beyond #1Thing: Engaging Your Community for Social Change

Want to extend your impact? Real social change comes from collective action that includes the voices of individuals, families, institutions, and systems, which is why it’s important to engage your community. For ideas on how to spread awareness and inspire action for social change in your community, check out the #1Thing Action Guide and materials from our #1Thing launch webinar, Inspiring Action Through a Unified Message: What’s Your #1Thing?.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” -Coretta Scott King

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Join us for DVAM!

For more ideas, join our webinar on October 10 to learn how to engage your community and leverage the #1Thing message to promote social change. Then, tweet along with us on October 24th for a chance to connect with other change-makers and share how you’ve used the #1Thing message in your community. You can check out a full list of our #DVAM2018 events and activities highlighting the value of #1Thing on our website or download our DVAM flyer.

And be sure to tell us—What’s your #1Thing?

 

Call For Stories: My #1Thing

NRCDV Radio’s Stories of Transformation podcast station is dedicated to lifting up and honoring the voices of survivors and advocates, featuring interviews with advocates from the field, real life stories from survivors, and innovative practices in advocacy. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we mourn those who have lost their lives because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect individuals who work to end gender-based violence. This year we are inspiring action through a unified#1Thing message. We invite you to join us and share your One Thing!

Awareness + Action = Social Change

Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented! Accomplishing the social transformation necessary to achieve a world that is peaceful, equitable, and just requires the collective power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems – each whose “one thing” adds value to creating and sustaining healthy communities.

What is your #1Thing?

NRCDV is calling for submissions from individuals and groups in a variety of roles and disciplines, from diverse identities and perspectives, in response to any of these prompts:

  • #1Thing that inspired me to take action to end gender-based violence
  • #1Thing that changed my story
  • #1Thing I need advocates to know
  • #1Thing I want my children to know
  • #1Thing I want to share about my community
  • #1Thing I do to take care of myself
  • #1Thing I need funders to know
  • #1Thing that most impacted my healing and resilience
  • #1Thing I wish policy makers knew
  • #1Thing my family could do to support my healing
  • #1Thing that can make a difference in the lives of our community’s children
  • #1Thing that can make our world more peaceful, equitable, and just
  • Or respond to your own #1Thing

This is an invitation for activists, advocates, survivors, community leaders, parents, teachers, day care providers, health care professionals, faith leaders, social workers, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, government workers, and others with an interest in adding their story to our collective effort to end domestic violence! We are seeking stories that offer “one thing” as a strategy for shedding light on:

  • The value and power of each action, no matter its size, on impacting social change;
  • The strength and perseverance of change makers in the face of challenging times;
  • The invaluable role we all play in creating the world we wish to live in;
  • The power of storytelling as a strategy for raising awareness and inspiring change.

If your submission is selected for production, you will be invited to read your story aloud, or offered alternate accommodations as needed, for a recorded podcast. Selected stories will be shared nationally as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2018. Submission guidelines:

  • Stories should be written using “I/we” statements.
  • Stories should be between 5-10 minutes in length, when read aloud.
  • Individuals from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups, including people of color, non-English speaking, immigrant, Native, Deaf, trans-identified, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to submit.
  • Creativity in storytelling is encouraged!

Submissions are due Friday, August 17th via email to nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org with the subject line “My One Thing.” Storytellers will be notified by Friday, August 31st.

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NRCDV offers free technical assistance to support your storytelling efforts. If you seek assistance in crafting your narrative, reach out to the NRCDV at nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org or 800-537-2238.

 


 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018: Honoring Our Elders

WEAAD 2018June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to honor survivors of elder abuse and raise awareness about this global social issue that impacts the health and human rights of older persons worldwide. [...] In conjunction with WEAAD, NCALL is releasing some exciting new educational resources this month, including three new Training of Trainers (TOT) modules: Creating Engaging Interactive Presentations and Trainings, Interactive Training Techniques and Including Older Survivors, and Tips for Trainers. These modules, which are part of the Trainers’ Toolkit, offer helpful tips and strategies on how to lead successful training events. The toolkit also includes presentation materials for use in creating your own elder abuse training.

 


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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Celebrating Resilience

Experiences of trauma can significantly impact the mental health of survivors and their children, so this May, we’re uplifting the importance of addressing trauma and other mental health concerns for Mental Health Month. Thursday, May 10th marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which draws attention to the importance of addressing children’s mental health as an essential part of healthy development from birth. This year’s theme, Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma, highlights the need for integrated health approaches to supporting children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma. While we know that trauma is a common human experience, we also know that human beings have a remarkable capacity for resilience.

 


 

SAAMDayofActionSAAM 2018: Embrace Your Voice

“The things you say every day send a message about your beliefs and values. When you stand up for survivors of sexual violence, you send a powerful message that you believe and support them.” National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Your voice matters! In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, our friends at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are calling on all of us to use our voices to support survivors, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with children and youth. By embracing our voices, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all.

 

 


 

International Women's Day 2018International Women's Day 2018 Artwork: Anisah...

International Women’s Day is a global day honoring the strength, resilience, and achievements of women and inspiring action to accelerate greater gender equity. Each year on March 8th, celebrate the lived experiences and contributions of those who tirelessly demand gender, racial, economic, and social justice for all women and girls. At NRCDV, we celebrate International Women’s Day each year by commissioning or purchasing a piece of woman-made artwork that honors the struggles and successes of women around the world. This year, we are excited to highlight “Anisah: First Generation Latina Teen, Human & Civil Rights Spoken Word Artist, Muslim” by Perla Sofia González Marinel-Lo, and to release a podcast featuring Anisah González.

 


 

Healthy Me, Healthy We! Self-Care as a Strategy for Promoting Healthy Relationships and Social Justice

What is your self-care slogan? For Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (Teen DV Month), our friends at Break the Cycle released the Healthy Me, Healthy We! campaign, which includes a video inviting youth to embark on a self-love journey and to find their “self-care slogan.” According to Break the Cycle’s video, knowing your self-care slogan is the first step to a healthy relationship with yourself and others. We at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) couldn’t agree more!

 


 

Storytelling as a Tool for Raising Awareness & Inspiring Action

The telling of stories is in our human nature. From visual stories such as the cave paintings of prehistorical times, to oral stories passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, to today’s digital stories, storytelling has always been a part of human interaction. Storytelling reflects who we are and allows us to recapture, record, share and make meaning of our lived experiences.

 


 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Building Strong Support for LGBT Older Adults (June 15, 2017)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognized annually on June 15th. Since its inception in 2006, communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to increase the visibility of elder abuse by raising awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life and promoting the resources and services that work to increase victim safety and improve offender accountability.

 


 

#TeenDVMonth 2017: The Power of Youth Activism

Young people have the power to change our world. They can; they will; they do. Youth activism has propelled social justice movements throughout history, and today we are seeing youth taking on more issues than ever, employing a variety of creative strategies to accomplish real change.

 


 

Awareness + Action = Social Change: How a bold and courageous social justice approach can help heal and re-energize our movement

This October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is building upon conversations from 2015 around Awareness + Action = Social Change by offering key awareness activities and action steps for propelling us forward together.

 


 

Let’s Talk About Elder Abuse: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2016

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was established by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations on June 15, 2006. WEAAD’s goal is to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

 


 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2016: Empowered Youth on the Margins

This February, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is committed to bringing the experiences and needs of teens from marginalized communities to the forefront and lifting up the amazing social justice work of youth leaders on the margins. These young people (namely, Native youth, immigrants and teens in communities of color, teens with disabilities, teens who identify as LGBTQ, teens who are low-income, runaway or homeless, among others) have unique experiences and their voices are critical to any meaningful conversation about preventing and responding to dating violence and to our overall goal of creating safe and healthy communities.


 

Awareness + Action = Social Change: Why racial justice matters in the prevention equation

En español: Conocimiento Social + Acción = Cambio Social: Por qué es importante incluir la justicia racial como parte de la ecuación de prevención (Casa de Esperanza)

Domestic violence is preventable! This October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence seeks to foster healthy families and communities by encouraging all of us to be part of the equation Awareness + Action = Social Change. This concept originated from the Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training, and Resource Center (TC-TAT), providing leadership in prevention since 1997. Awareness + Action = Social Change is a framework that offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations about what Action looks like.

 


 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2015: Promoting Youth Leadership

During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the year, it is important to highlight the role that youth leadership has played as an effective strategy in the prevention of teen dating abuse. Research shows that young people are disproportionately impacted by partner violence, with more than 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men experiencing some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (CDC, 2011). When dealing with issues that directly affect their lives, it only makes sense that young people are meaningfully included in the planning and implementation of solutions. Teens, therefore, are best positioned to inform adults about the abuse that is impacting their lives and about effective strategies for promoting healthy relationships.

 


 

National Runaway Prevention Month 2014: Piecing it all Together

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away every year (Hammer, Finkelhor & Sedlak, 2002). This figure is staggering, yet the problem seems invisible. When a youth runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. Statistics from The National Runaway Safeline show that the majority (29%) of callers identify family dynamics (divorce, remarriage, step/blended families, problems with family rules, discipline, or problems with siblings) and abuse as the reason for their call. Often kids run away from home to remove themselves from an immediately painful situation, but they have no plans or resources for what to do next.

 


 

The Link between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), several domestic violence shelter programs across the country will be observing National SAF-T Day, held annually on the first Saturday in October. This national event originated in 2010 as an opportunity for shelters to host a local dog walk or other community event to raise funds to start or sustain an on-site pet housing program and awareness regarding the co-occurrence between animal abuse and domestic violence.

Why is such an initiative so important? Advocates have learned that abusive partners often use the bond between victims and their companion animals to control, manipulate, and isolate their victims. Research indicates that 20 to 65% of domestic violence victims delay leaving a dangerous situation because they don’t know where to place or how to protect their pets. Some survivors return because they fear for the animals’ safety (NRCDV, 2014).

 


 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Logo

Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.

There are many resources available to provide information and support to victims and assist service providers and communities to decrease the prevalence of dating violence among young people. Anyone can make this happen by raising awareness about the issue, saying something about abuse when you see it and organizing your community to make a difference. Take Action!

 


Universal Prayer

2013 National Call of Unity

Did you miss the Call of Unity? A recording of the session can be heard via this link with messages from national leaders, survivors, and advocates, and the dual-voice spoken word poems of ClimbingPoeTREE. The 4th Annual National Call of Unity Summary (Storify) includes links to the inspiring resources that were shared including poetry, prayer, stories, and words of gratitude and hope. View and download the Universal Prayer for use at your October 2013 DVAM Events and beyond!

 


 

Focus on Elders for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15th

Everyone knows and cares about an older person at some point in their lives; many of us throughout our entire lives—whether that person is a grandparent, an elderly parent, a mentor or coach, or an older person that has been influential to us in some way. Unfortunately, statistics show that one in ten people age 60 and older are victimized by elder abuse.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) defines elder abuse as any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Please read on (by clicking the link above) for ways to increase your awareness of this crime and determine ways you can be involved in preventing its occurrence.

 


 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Organized by the Office on Women’s Health, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human ServicesNational Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held annually on March 10th, seeks to raise awareness of the disease’s impact on women and girls, and empower people with the knowledge and tools to make a difference. Listed after the jump are several ways you can be a part of these efforts in your community, state, across the nation, and around the world!

 


 

DVAM 2012 - NO MORE CAMPAIGN

Everyone is impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault either directly or indirectly, but many do not realize it. Now is the time to change that. Our goal this year is to teach men, youth, women — everyone within our communities — how to recognize domestic violence and offer support to speak openly about it.

This year we are joining others in saying NO MORE. Learn more below about the NO MORE CAMPAIGN and key International Public Awareness Campaigns addressing gender-based violence.

 


 

International Public Awareness Campaigns that Address Violence Against Women

Every year, UN Women: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women join with Say NO-UNiTE to End Violence Against Women to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. 16 Days of Activism begins on November 25 and continues through December 10 to raise awareness of this devastating issue that knows no bounds and to inspire action to end this pervasive human rights violation across the globe. Their website contains a global policy agenda, activist stories and videos demonstrating the work of their grantees, and 16 Ways to Say NO to Violence Against Women Action Steps.