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DVAM 2017: Beyond the Buzzwords

October 1, 2017

Every October, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins with our partners, supporters, and allies across the country to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

DVAM is an opportunity for everyone to take a stand against domestic violence. We invited you to join us and get involved this month through our 2017 #31n31 campaign: Beyond the Buzzwords. We are digging into what common buzzwords in the domestic violence prevention field mean to us. Share the full campaign below:

October 1 – Domestic Violence

In just one day, nearly 73,000 adults and children received vital, life-changing domestic violence services. Yet on the same day, almost 12,000 requests for services were unmet due to a lack of resources.

October 2 – Survivor

1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime.

October 3 – Advocate

Advocates change and save lives.

October 4 – Coalition

Coalitions are critical to ending domestic violence.

October 5 – Survivor-Centered

Survivors are the experts on their own life. Trust survivors. Believe survivors. Respect survivors.

October 6 –  Marginalization

Survivors face marginalization in many ways. The first step to combat it: listen and believe survivors.

October 7 – Barriers

Survivors need a variety of resources & supports to address the barriers they face and negotiate safety.

October 8 – Housing

We’re working to ensure that every home is a safe home. In the meantime, housing programs provide critical services for survivors of domestic violence and are often a key component that allows survivors to flee the violence perpetrated against them. Throughout the country, housing programs vary to include short and long-term housing, rental assistance services, and support services that work to meet the individual needs of survivors.

October 9 – Immigration

“Escaping domestic violence is already difficult for immigrant survivors. The current environment makes it even more frightening for victims to come forward and seek help.” -Kim Gandy, NNEDV President & CEO

October 10 – Power and Control

Domestic violence is rooted in power and control.

October 11 – Gaslighting

Gaslighting causes victims to feel like they are responsible for the abuse.

October 12 – Mental Health

Understanding how domestic violence effects the mental health of survivors can shift the stigma associated with mental health & trauma.

October 13 – Stalking

1 in 6 women & 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking at some point in their lifetime.

October 14 – Prevention

Prevention promotes a culture where relationships are rooted in respect & peace.

October 15 – Technology Empowerment

Survivors deserve safe access to technology & online spaces.

October 16 – Revenge Porn

Sharing sexually explicit images without the consent of the person in the image is a tactic of abuse.

October 17 – Lethality Risk Assessment

A lethality assessment helps identify risk and take actions to improve safety.

October 18 – Strangulation

Strangulation is a major risk factor for homicide.

October 19 – Safety Planning

Safety plans should always be developed by and with a survivor.

October 20 – Confidentiality

Confidentiality has long been a core element of effective domestic and sexual violence advocacy.

October 21 – Trauma-Informed

A trauma-informed approach recognizes the mental and psychological effects of abuse.

October 22 – Credit

Financial abuse is a tactic in 99 percent of domestic violence cases.

October 23 – Accessible

Survivors must have access to services that affirmatively meet all of their needs.

October 24 – Justice

Justice is complex, but it must lead to safety, independence, and freedom.

October 25 – Sexism

Ending domestic violence includes dismantling sexism.

October 26 – Mansplaining

Condescending responses to women’s experiences and knowledge perpetuates sexism.

October 27 – Isolation

Victims need access to systems of support.

October 28 – Oppression

Survivors often face multiple forms of oppression. Each impacts safety & freedom.

October 29 – Racism

We must name and reject racist messages & behaviors.

October 30 – Victim Blaming

Support for survivors means understanding abuse is never the victim’s fault.

October 31 – Empowerment

Everyone should be empowered to make their own decisions & live a life free from violence.


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