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October is Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). What began in 1981 as a “Day of Unity” has evolved into a nationwide month of action that celebrates survivors and raises awareness not only about the issue, but also about the services available to help victims and survivors be safer.

As CCADV is Connecticut’s leading voice for survivors of domestic violence and those organizations that serve them, we seek to engage survivors, advocates, bystanders, community partners, and all those who want to help us elevate public awareness about domestic violence and the help that’s available. Our voices are stronger together!

DVAM 2020 Social Media Toolkit

An easy way that we can all make our voices of support for survivors heard is through the use of social media. Below you will find a link to our 2020 DVAM Social Media Toolkit. 

This toolkit aims to provide quick and easy guidance to anyone looking to participate in DVAM 2019. This year we’ll have two primary campaigns running throughout the month – #SELFieLOVEchallenge and #SurvivorsVote. We’ll also celebrate Purple Thursday on Thursday, October 22, 2020 – a national day of action each October in which purple is worn to raise awareness about domestic violence. Details about how you can participate in each prong of our DVAM social media activities is explained with sample posts and images.

Click here download a zip file with the DVAM 2020 Toolkit!

(Clicking this link will automatically download a zip file to your computer.
Once it has downloaded, click "open" to extract the files.)

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We encourage you to participate in our DVAM social media activities as much as you are able. Perhaps that means one post, perhaps it means several. Each and every post will have a meaningful impact on raising our voices and increasing awareness about the services available across Connecticut. You never know which of your friends, family or followers might be struggling with domestic violence. Just one post could make a difference in their life.

Local DVAM Events

Interested in attending a DVAM-related event? Our 18 member organizations hold events throughout the year to help raise awareness about the availability of services for survivors. In October for DVAM they also hold vigils to honor survivors, those we’ve lost, and those family and friends that remain and must cope with their loss. Many also hold fundraisers to help support their work.

Click here to see some of the upcoming events available throughout Connecticut!


For more information, please contact Liza Andrews, Director of Public Policy & Communications, at 959.202.5003 or landrews@ctcadv.org.


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If you need help or just someone to talk to, please visit CTSafeConnect.org or call or text (888) 774-2900. Advocates available 24/7.

Si necesitas información o si solo quieres conversar con alguien, por favor visite CTSafeConnect.org o llamada or texto (888) 774-2900. Los consejeros estará disponible las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana.