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 #DVAM.
1. Bring Change
My Sisters’ Place has been selected to participate in TD Bank’s Bring Change program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can contribute to this initiative by collecting loose change or cash donations from your family, friends, school, or workplace to benefit My Sisters’ Place. Donate your rainy-day change jar or any other donation that you would like to contribute. It makes a difference when we all join in!
Can’t make it on October 7th? Donate any time of year at mspny.org/donate
2. Host a collection drive
You can support the clients served by My Sisters’ Place by collecting items that they may need while in our shelters or participating in our programs. Take a look at our list of items that we are looking for year round. During the month of October we’re also looking for gently used and new halloween costumes for the children of our clients. 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!
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 27th 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 Beyond Pink & Blue: Exploring Gender, Domestic Violence, and the Next Generation. We are incredibly excited to lead this important conversation and are looking forward to a very dynamic afternoon.
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: your 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 #DVAM2016. 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.
6. Get your workplace involved
There are lots of things you can do to bring DVAM to your office. To get you starts, here are a few ideas that we love.
- Purple Day – Have a dress down day where employees can wear purple, the official domestic violence awareness color. 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.
- Host a bake sale – Ask your employer if you can host a bake sale during lunch hours to raise funds for My Sisters’ Place in honor of DVAM.
- Moment of Silence – Invite your coworkers to participate in a moment of silence at a specified time to honor those that have lost their lives to domestic violence.
- Send everyone an email – Part of awareness is simply letting people know that DV Awareness Month is happening in October. Why not send an email to your office, letting them know that domestic violence is an issue that you care about and invite them to take a look at the MSP website.
- 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 than any other state or territory 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.