National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Thousands of people experience domestic violence every day. Domestic violence and abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, coercion, sexual abuse, or financial abuse. Abusers create dangerous situations that make it very hard for their victims to escape. Being a victim of or witnessing acts of domestic violence are traumatic experiences for youth that can affect their mental and behavioral health.
This month, help raise awareness about domestic violence. Make your program a safe space for youth and incorporate the topic of healthy relationships into your adolescent pregnancy prevention programming. Awareness and education can help break the cycle of domestic violence.
- Post the number for the U.S. Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) somewhere visible and save the number in your phone in case you ever need to share it. If someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
- Participate in the National Week of Action: October 14–20, 2018. Visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) website for events and activities, including #PurpleThursday on October 18, when your staff and youth participants can wear purple and share photos on social media to raise awareness.
- Read, download, and share our tip sheet on the effects that adverse childhood experiences, like experiencing domestic violence, can have on adolescent pregnancy.
- Review the slides from our webinar on delivering trauma-informed care to youth who have experienced or witnessed violence in their homes.
- Help your youth learn what a healthy relationship looks like. Check out this toolkit designed to incorporate adolescent relationship abuse prevention into adolescent pregnancy prevention programming.
Domestic violence thrives in silence. Speak out and act this month to help break the cycle.