2023 THEME: #DVAM #1Thing #TakeAStand #Every1KnowsSome1
Domestic Violence (DV) touches every community in this Nation. Americans of every race, religion, and background are affected; its consequences transcend generations, impacting children and reshaping whole families.
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we stand with the tens of millions of people who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and we thank the first responders, service providers, and community members who work to make sure that every American can live in safety, with dignity and respect.
Learn more about how you can change the social norms that permit domestic violence, provide meaningful support to survivors, and express gratitude to those working diligently on prevention and response efforts.
Together, we can transform our country and build a Nation where all people live free from violence.
Thursday, October 19 (ALL DAY)
Join HIPRC in observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Day (also known as Purple Thursday), a national event organized by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. To participate, wear the color purple to show your support for those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Please share this event with friends, family, and community. Learn more >>
Thursday, October 19 at 12:00p (PT)
Economic abuse (also known as financial abuse) is a form of coercion in an intimate relationship that involves maintaining control over financial resources, withholding access to money, or attempting to prevent a partner or family member from working or attending school. Over 90% of family members who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) have also experienced economic abuse.
In this webinar, we’re discussing how Head Start programs can support families, especially those at risk for economic abuse, by integrating family economic mobility (FEM) conversations and supports into their family engagement strategies.
Key Topics include:
This webinar is offered with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish. Learn more >>
Sunday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 25
Connecting survivors, advocates, and allies nationwide to each other in uplifting domestic violence survivors! This conference is presented by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NCADV). Hosted at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more >>
Sessions will be held every Monday throughout October at 11:00a (PT).
To Register (for all sessions):
October 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
Join us as we wrap up Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM)—Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) is providing this webinar to help you as advocates and social change agents learn how we can raise up an army of inspired storytellers to empower survivors, as well as change the culture that supports the destructive conditions of coercion and dominance in our communities. Register today >>
Check out the HHS Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services calendar of events and resources >>
One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities’ collective One Things can lead to real social transformation.
Awareness + Action = Social Change:
Source: Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP)
Mayor Bruce Harrell and City Council proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Seattle to encourage all Seattle residents to recognize the signs of abuse and coercion and work to make this city a place where domestic violence does not exist.
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Source: City of Seattle, Human Services Department (HSD)
Domestic Violence (DV) is a serious public health problem that affects millions of Americans. It is both common and preventable.
DV (commonly referred to as intimate partner violence, or IPV) involves abuse or aggression in a romantic relationship:
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. “Intimate partner” refers to both current and former spouses and dating partners.
IPV can vary in how often it happens and how severe it is. It can range from one episode of violence that could have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over multiple years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Physical abuse is a powerful way that an abusive person gets and keeps their partner under control and it instills an environment of constant fear. While physical abuse is most commonly known, it may or may not be a part of an abusive relationship. If physical abuse is present early in the relationship, it commonly gets worse over time. If there is no physical abuse in the relationship, it may begin to occur when the victim is pregnant or when the victim is considering leaving the relationship.
Physical abuse may include:
Some forms of sexual abuse (also known as sexual coercion) are common in relationships, but it is often the least discussed. It can be subtle or overt. The impact on the victim is commonly feelings of shame and humiliation.
Sexual abuse or coercion may include:
Emotional abuse occurs in some form in all abusive relationships. It is a very effective tactic used by abusive partners to obtain power and control and it can cause extreme damage to the victim’s self-esteem. Commonly, emotional abuse makes the victim feel like they are responsible for the abuse and to feel crazy, worthless and hopeless. It is so damaging that many survivors of domestic violence report that they would have rather “be hit” than endure the ongoing psychic damage of emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse may include:
Financial abuse (also known as economic abuse) is one of the least commonly known forms of abuse—but one of the most powerful tactics of entrapping a victim in a relationship. It is so powerful that many victims of financial abuse describe it as the main reason that they stayed in an abusive relationship, or went back to one.
Some forms of financial abuse may include:
Digital abuse is the use of technology and the Internet to bully, harass, stalk, intimidate, or control a partner. This behavior is often a form of verbal or emotional abuse conducted online.
Some forms of digital abuse may include:
Things to consider when dealing with digital abuse:
Reproductive abuse (also known as reproductive coercion) is a form of power and control where one partner strips another of the ability to control their own reproductive system. It can be difficult to identify this form of coercion because it’s often less visible than other types of abuse occurring at the same time and may appear as pressure, guilt, or shame about having or wanting children (or not having or wanting them).
Some forms of reproductive abuse or coercion may include:
Some forms of stalking may include:
At the start of a new relationship, it’s not always easy to tell if it will later become abusive. In fact, many abusive people appear like ideal partners in the early stages of a relationship. The warning signs of abuse don’t always appear overnight and may emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.
Additionally, even one or two of these behaviors in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS):
In Washington state, “41.4 percent of women and 31.7 percent of men experience intimate partner physical violence, rape, and/or stalking in their lifetimes,” according to City of Seattle’s Councilmember Herbold.
Since its inception in 1989, the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault within HSD has been charged with leading the city’s response to Gender-Based Violence and has expanded beyond domestic violence to include sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes of coercive control. The City of Seattle invests in strategies to prevent, intervene, and hold offenders accountable, while promoting healing, services, and community support for those impacted by domestic violence by partnering with more than 35 organizations to provide services to more than 10,000 survivors and their families each year.
All forms of IPV are preventable. Strategies to promote healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships are an important part of prevention. Programs that teach young people healthy relationship skills such as communication, effectively managing feelings, and problem-solving can prevent violence in dating relationships before it occurs.
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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a serious problem that has lasting and harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. As a nation, our goal should be to stop IPV from happening in the first place.
Prevention strategies should ultimately reduce the occurrence of IPV by promoting healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships. Healthy relationships can be promoted by addressing risk and protective factors at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) developed the Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Resource for Action to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent IPV, support survivors, and lessen the short and long-term harms.
Learn more about how you can prevent IPV >>
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
24 Hour Crisis Clinic
Phone: (866) 427-4747 or (800) 843-4793
Department of Defense (DOD) Safe Helpline for Sexual Assault
Phone: (877) 995-5247
DV Hopeline – Chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist, any time 24/7.
Phone: (206) 737-0242
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Phone: (888) 998-6423 (Free & Confidential / 24-hour Resource Line)
Spanish: (425) 282.0324 (Gratis y confidencial / Llame de lunes a viernes 8 am – 5 pm)
TTY: (425) 271-6332
Love Is Respect – National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Phone: (866) 331-9474
TTY: (866) 331-8453
Text: “loveis” to 22522
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 799-SAFE
Videophone: (855) 812-1001
TTY: (800) 787-3224 (thehotline.org/get-help/domestic-violence-deaf-services)
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Phone: (888) 373-7888
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: (800) 656-HOPE
Chat: Visit online.rainn.org to chat 24/7 one-on-one with a trained support specialist.
StrongHearts Native Helpline
Phone: (844) 762-8483
The Peace in the Home Helpline
Phone: (888) 847-7205 is a 24/7 hotline which connects survivors to an advocate who speaks their language with one call.
Coalition Ending Gender-based Violence
Working together for gender equity and social justice in King County.
The Covington Domestic Violence Task Force (CDVTF)
The CDVTF promotes a strong message that “Domestic Violence Has No Place in Our Community” through collaborative leadership, communication, education and victim support. The mission of CDVTF is to educate the community by providing awareness of domestic violence (DV) issues to businesses and offering resources, support, and practical services to victims and their children. The CDVTF is part of the Regional DVTF team—a partnership of two other cities in South King County. Meetings are open to the public and members welcome the support of those who have an interest in creating a positive change to end the cycle of abuse.
Domestic Violence Intervention Project
A treatment program hosted by the Seattle Municipal Court to give defendants the tools they need to have safe and loving relationships. This program was developed to help the entire family live safe and well.
Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels. The DVRN works collaboratively to promote practices and strategies to improve our nation’s response to domestic violence and make safety and justice not just a priority, but also a reality. DVRN member organizations ensure that victims of domestic violence, advocates, community‐based programs, educators, legal assistance providers, law enforcement and court personnel, health care providers, policy makers, and government leaders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels have access to up‐to-date information on best practices, policies, research and victim resources.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
A comprehensive source of information for on domestic violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Provides information, resources, and research on all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention.
National project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. PreventConnect’s goal is to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice to develop, implement, and evaluate prevention initiatives.
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