Every October we have the opportunity to raise awareness of domestic violence by bringing our community into the conversation. It’s a time to honor survivors and victims, share the impact of DV in our community, and support agencies and individuals who are working to end intimate partner abuse.

To help you find a meaningful way for you to get involved, we’ve put together a list of 9 ways you can make a difference during #DVAM2017.

 

1. Get Informed

 

Acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness Month by getting informed. My Sisters’ Place will be will be holding a FREE “Parents Talk” event from 7-9 pm on October 12th at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck. Spend an evening with our educators and leave with conversation starters, tools, and tips to to help the youth in your life have healthy, happy relationships!

This event is open to parents, educators, and anyone working with youth of any age!

RSVP at: www.mspny.org/parentstalk

 

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Thank you to the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound for sponsoring this event.

 

2.  Host a collection drive

 

You can support the clients served by My Sisters’ Place by collecting items that they may need while staying in our shelters or participating in our programs. Take a look at the list of items that we are in need of all year round or our amazon wishlist that has our an up to date list of special requests. At the moment we are most in need of diapers sizes 4, 5, 6 and wipes as well as toiletries for men and women. Hosting or organizing a donation drive is a great way to spread awareness about the prevalence of DV in Westchester and give your network the opportunity to join the cause!

Reach out to 914-683-1333 ext 142 or email hidden; JavaScript is required to coordinate your donation.

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 3. Join us for our Fall Luncheon!

 

Supporting our upcoming Fall Luncheon fundraiser is a great way to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us on October 26th at Brae Burn Country Club to hear an amazing panel of speakers, enjoy a fun silent auction, and savor delicious food and drinks.

The theme of this year’s event is Human Trafficking: A Decade of Westchester Stories. The panel will dive into the dynamics of human trafficking, it’s presence in Westchester County, and how it intersects with domestic violence. We are incredibly excited to lead this important conversation and are looking forward to a very dynamic afternoon.

 

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Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets and sponsorship packages. Donations of any size towards this event will help us keep our programs strong.

 

4.  Hang up informational flyers

 

One of the easiest ways to spread awareness is to hang up flyers in areas where there are lots of people. Easy places include: an apartment lobby, your workplace kitchen, your place of worship, or your favorite coffee shop.

Here is an informational flyer about domestic violence awareness month that you can print and share.

We also have the same flyer in spanish here.

 

5. Join the online conversation

 

All month My Sisters’ Place and other DV agencies will be sharing stories, statistics, and helpful information about domestic violence through social media. You can see tweets and posts on this topic by searching #DVAM and #DVAM2017. Reading posts and sharing them with your network is a great way to learn more about the issue and let your friends and family know it’s important to you. Invite your friends and family to follow our pages so they can learn more about the work we do and the issue of domestic violence.

To see our posts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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6. Get your workplace or school involved

 

There are lots of things you can do to bring DVAM to your office. To get you started, here are a few ideas that we love.

  1. Purple Day – Purple is the official color of domestic violence awareness. On one Thursday each October individuals and groups wear purple to recognize DVAM and honor victims and survivors. The national Purple Thursday in 2017 is October 19th. Invite your school to recognize this day by asking students to wear purple. At a place of employment have a dress down day where employees can wear purple. To add a fundraising aspect to this day, ask participating employees to make a donation of a specified amount to My Sisters’ Place in order to participate.
  2. Host a bake sale – Ask your employer or school if you can host a bake sale during lunch hours to raise funds for My Sisters’ Place in honor of DVAM.
  3. Moment of Silence  – Invite your coworkers or school to participate in a moment of silence at a specified time to honor those that have lost their lives to domestic violence. Here are some statistics about domestic violence that you can share before the moment of silence.
  4. Send everyone an email – Part of awareness is simply letting people know that DVAM is happening in October. Why not send an email to your office or networks, letting them know that domestic violence is an issue that you care about and invite them to take a look at the MSP website.
  5. Learn about matching gift opportunities – Many employers offer matching gift programs. Check in with your HR team to find out if there are opportunities to maximize your giving

 

7. Add the My Sisters’ Place hotline number to your phone contacts

 

You never know when you will encounter someone who might be in need of domestic violence services. According to the CDC,  “more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.” With numbers this high, it’s important to always be prepared to share our hotline number when appropriate. Our 24 hour hotline is a great way for those in need to learn what opportunities are available for them and how they can safely move forward.

Our number is: 1-800-298-7233 (safe)

*Please consider the safety of the individual and yourself before offering our hotline number*

 

8. Bring the topic into your every day conversation

 

We challenge you to bring up DVAM 5 times this month to your friends, family, and colleagues . Here are some great conversations starters:

  • Did you know New York State has the highest demand for domestic violence services in the country?
  • Have I told you about this organization I’m involved with called My Sisters’ Place?
  • I just learned that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics/national). Did you realize the numbers were that high?
  • Have you thought about how you would/will bring up the topic of domestic violence or teen dating violence with your children?

 

9. Invite MSP to speak

 

Our trainers are out in the community educating adults, teenagers, police officers, healthcare workers, clergy, and more about domestic violence. The more people who understand the dynamics, warnings signs, and impacts of domestic violence, the sooner we can see a lasting change in our community. Use domestic violence awareness month as a way to start a conversation with your child’s school, your local religious leader, your school’s athletic director or the organizer of any other group that you are a part of about having a training about domestic violence. We’d love to work with you!

To learn more about the trainings we can offer to your group, email email hidden; JavaScript is required