DVAM 2021

October 2021:

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

View October calendar of events here.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (DVAM) is a month-long observance in October focused on uplifting voices of survivors and victims, raising awareness and providing support. Last year in Virginia, 70,252 survivors received help from hotline services, 5,762 adults and children received shelter and 216,968 nights of shelter were provided.

And more specifically in Arlington, at least TWO people every day reach out for crisis services (police or hotline) for incidents of domestic violence. 

This October in recognition of DVAM, Project PEACE and its partners will be joining similar organizations across the nation in an effort to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to flipping the script on this critical yet overshadowed topic. 

How can you help? JOIN US! Domestic violence thrives in silence. To be able to support and help victims and survivors, and to prevent domestic violence in the future, we all need to normalize it by talking openly about it. No role in promoting healthy relationships and creating a thriving community is too big or small.  

Throughout the month, Project PEACE and its partner agencies will be hosting a number of events, both virtual and in-person. Please check out our calendar and consider engaging in happenings throughout the month (including Purple Thursday#Every1KnowsSome1: Community Panel Discussion and DVAM Community Pop-ups).

Additionally, JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE: show your support for victims and survivors by following our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and sharing the content we’ve already prepared with your own networks all month long, especially during DVAM Week of Action.  

Your Experience Matters! 

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Everyone deserves to be safe at home and in their relationships.  When someone in our community is not safe and is being hurt by their partner, there are resources  to help. Please consider taking one of the surveys below to share your experience using, looking for, or referring people to resources for those impacted by domestic/intimate partner/dating violence and sexual assault in Arlington County.

There are two surveys. You are welcome to take both as applicable. While the survey works best on a computer, you may also use a mobile device.

Arlington Community Members: Click to access survey.

Arlington Service Providers: Click to access survey.

Questions in the survey ask about your experience, or the experiences of people you know, and could bring up strong emotions. It is your choice how many, and which questions you answer. If you need support at any time, please call the Doorways Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline available 24-hours a day at 703-237-0881.

This survey was created by Project PEACE, Arlington’s Coordinated Community Response, in order to understand how Arlington community members have, or have not, accessed local support. This survey is confidential and results will be analyzed by Project PEACE and their members to enhance and improve services for everyone in the county. Questions? Call or email: 703-228-5003 or info-projectpeace@arlingtonva.us

Resources

If you or someone you know has been impacted by intimate partner or sexual violence you are not alone. We are here to help. 

  • For Arlington resources click here.
  • For Alexandria resources click here.
  • For Fairfax resources click here.
  • For Loudoun resources click here.
  • For JCADA resources and support click here.

Materials 

The materials above are free to download and use. To request pre-printed versions please email info-projectPEACE@arlingtonva.us