National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a time for advocates, survivors and their families to remember those that have lost their lives to domestic violence, to celebrate and support those that have survived, and to connect with others in a way that re-energizes us to continue working to end violence and abuse in intimate relationships. Through its Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the NRCDV seeks to make commemorating this national observance easier to manage for advocates working in programs with varying levels of capacity. Tools are provided to assist those seeking to engage the media, with key talking points forms on various topics and tips on how to build long term relationships with the media to help spread our message of #NOMORE domestic violence and sexual assault. For those needing help with eye-catching artwork, flyers, and awareness month logos, several easy-to-download graphics and templates are available—in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. If you’re unsure of what type of event to hold, it’s not too late to review our easy-to-follow, instructional campaign handouts; learn how to organize a meaningful and impactful event no matter how brief your planning period may be. Or check our DVAM events database for more ideas. You can also access a variety of free, high-quality materials to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic violence by sharing our eLearning module, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, or by purchasing low-cost posters and novelty items from our online store. Join us for the 4th Annual National Call of Unity, being held on Tuesday, October 1st at 3:00pm Eastern. Check the flyer for more details!
Advocates working to end domestic and sexual violence have long recognized the importance of relationships. Reaching out and working with individuals, groups, and systems has been a hallmark of our social change efforts. As we move forward, we strive to enhance our programs’ accessibility, diversity, and service to traditionally marginalized communities. And we deepen our understanding of the importance of fostering relationships with collaborative partners outside of the sexual and domestic violence field. Resources highlighted in this eNewsletter offer strategies for effective relationship building to reach a variety of underserved communities and strengthen our partnerships with those who work towards similar goals: peace, equality, and justice.
No matter the challenges we face, caring for our children must always be our first task.” – President Barack Obama (March 2013)
For Sexual Assault Assault Awareness Month, use your voice to build brighter futures for the children in your life. Open yourself up to questions and conversations about healthy sexuality by talking early, talking often, and doing your part to prevent sexual violence:
It’s not enough for us to know these issues. Our work as advocates compels us to reach farther – to share the message that violence is preventable and model how to make it happen. This eNewsletter highlights opportunities that can serve as catalysts for social change. It’s up to you to pay the message forward.
Continuum of Evidence: The proof is in the pudding!
Why do we do what we do?
How do we know we are making a difference?
What does our experience tell us about what works?
Advocates are increasingly being asked to identify and integrate evidence-based practice into their programs. At the same time, practice-based evidence is gaining credibility and validity in the research arena. Both pieces are important to ensuring that our services are innovative, culturally-responsive, and best meeting the needs of survivors and their families. The highlighted resources in this issue explore the importance of evidence to our work.
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