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September 30, 2014

The temperature is cooling off, the leaves are beginning to change, and NNEDV's office is covered in purple – which can only mean one thing: Domestic Violence Awareness Month is almost here!

Every October since 1987, advocates across the country join together to mourn those who have lost their lives because of abuse, celebrate the resilience and strength of survivors, and connect all those working together to end domestic violence.

Every October, we honor the progress we've made and recommit ourselves to the work still left to do. Join us in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

DVAM

#31n31
Every day throughout the month of October, NNEDV will share one way that laws and policies have made a positive difference in the lives of survivors. We'll be highlighting the three cornerstones of the federal response to domestic violence – the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – which are each celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

Help raise awareness about these lifesaving laws by liking and sharing the #31n31 posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

Chefs Take a Stand
If you're in the Washington, DC area, join NNEDV on October 9 at the Chefs Take a Stand event featuring delicious food and creative cocktails from some of DC's best women chefs and mixologists. Learn more about this can't-miss event and reserve your tickets now!

Cyber Security Awareness
October is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month. During the week of October 13-17, Safety Net will be sharing important updates and information on technology safety.

Week of Action
Turn awareness into action! Join us October 20-24 by participating in the following:

  • Monday – Talk to a Friend about Domestic Violence
  • Tuesday – Join a Twitter Chat on DV & HIV hosted by Positively Safe at 3-4PM EST
  • Wednesday – Donate to NNEDV, your State/Territory Coalition, or Local Program
  • Thursday – Wear Purple for #PurpleThursday (#PurpleThursday was initially started by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and we are excited to be taking it national – join our Thunderclap to participate.)
  • Friday – Call on Congress to increase funding for domestic violence

HIV Awareness
Positively Safe will be sharing information and unveiling NEW infographics about the intersection of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS the week of October 27-31. Follow NNEDV on social media to see them all, and share them to help raise awareness about this critical issue.

Reader with A Cause
NNEDV's Goodreads book club is reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie during October. This powerful novel explores adolescence, family, and freedom. Join the discussion on goodreads.com.

Become a Charter Member
This October, take a stand against domestic violence. Now through October 31, become a member of NNEDV and be recognized as a Charter Member. As a member you'll get insider updates from NNEDV and be a part of our sustaining network of supporters. Our Charter membership drive comes to an end at the end of October – so join today!

Help us make a difference this October.

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September 24, 2014

 

Last week, as #WhyIStayed was trending on Twitter, we were reminded of the barriers that millions of domestic violence victims face every year. This social media trend and recent events with high profile perpetrators tells us that the threat of domestic violence is real, life-threatening and insidious. In fact, every day in this country, an average of three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner. The answer to “#WhyIStayed” is often “I was afraid and I didn’t have anywhere to go.”

For over a million victims, the federal government’s response to domestic violence has been part of the reason “WhyILeft.”

The challenge is that for too many women and children, #WhyIStayed is only a moment in popular culture. What happens when that moment passes?

Read the full story on The Hill >>

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September 19, 2014

Washington, DC – In a press conference today, Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the need for the NFL to “get it right” and work to shift how society responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. In response to media inquiries about the National Football League’s (NFL’s) plans to do this, Commissioner Goodell announced that NFL funds will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline to aid in responding to the increased call volume.

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September 18, 2014

Last week, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the Women's Bureau, and the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) convened a webinar to address intimate partner violence at work. The webinar, Domestic Violence: Supporting Survivors in the Workplaceprovided information and resources for both employers and workforce development professionals so that they could better support survivors of domestic violence as they search for and obtain employment and in their general performance on-the-job. 

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September 11, 2014

By: Victor Rivas Rivers

This article also appears on The Huffington Post

Behind closed doors. Even elevator doors. That’s where domestic violence usually occurs. We are disturbed by its aftermath—the bruising, black eyes, broken bones—but not enough to take real action as a team, a league, or even a nation.

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September 10, 2014

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Today, NNEDV is working in partnership with all 56 state and territory coalitions to conduct an unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from U.S. domestic violence shelter programs during a single 24-hour survey period. Conducted annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.

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