First observed in October 1981 as a national “Day of Unity,” Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is held each October as a way to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence.
Communities and advocacy organizations across the country connect with the public and one another throughout the month to raise awareness about the signs of abuse and ways to stop it, and to uplift survivor stories and provide additional resources to leaders and policymakers.
Read more about how DVCCC is Celebrating Awareness Month
throughout Cheser County this October below:
Join us on Friday, October 1st at 7PM for our
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Schuylkill Township
111 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
We will be lighting up the night throughout October at our Tree of Hope & Healing, planted to honor those we have lost to domestic violence and to stand as a symbol of hope and resilience for those living with domestic violence - and a reminder that you are not alone.
All community members are welcome to join us at this event - parking will be available at the Calvary Bible Church (across the street at 110 Valley Park Road).
Instagram Live Conversation with Dr. Kate Henry
Monday, October 4th at 7PM on Instagram @dr.katehenry
We will be sitting down with Dr. Kate Henry, a local naturopathic doctor, to talk about unhealthy/toxic relationships, red flags, and how we can miss the signs. We will also talk about what the best things friends & family members can do if they are concerned about a loved one's relationship!
Check out the DVCCC Panel Conversation:
Domestic Violence and the Latina/Latino Community
LIVE on our Facebook & YouTube Pages
Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 5PM
In celebrating both Hispanic Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DVCCC is hosting a LIVE Panel Q&A event exploring the issue of domestic violence and the Latina/Latino community here in Chester County.
The diversity of backgrounds and languages within the greater Latina/Latino community, cultural isolation, documentation status, and various other factors impact the unique experiences of survivors of domestic violence.
Join Maria as she sits down to host a conversation with DVCCC advocates about a wide range of topics that impact Latinx victims/survivors.
Keep an Eye Out for Our Ribbons
Every October in communities across Chester County, DVCCC "Paints the Town Purple" with ribbons hung from the light poles. Special thanks to Colonial Gardens in Phoenixville
for supplying these beautiful ribbons.
This year you'll find our ribbons hanging in:
Lincoln University Campus
West Chester University - South Campus
We are proud to once again partner with the Brandywine Valley SPCA this October to help raise awareness!
We are helping raise awareness about the ways domestic violence and animal abuse intersect while also celebrating National Animal Safety and Protection Month by providing the dogs in the West Chester Shelter with Purple Bandanas to wear, and the cats with purple ribbons!
Support the Brandywine Valley SPCA's #DogsAgainstDomesticViolence as October is also National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
We developed a book list - with both fiction and nonfiction selections - for you to explore throughout awareness month as a way to learn more about this issue.
Find a title and pick it up from your local library by visiting www.ccls.org
We are so grateful to our local libraries for helping increase our outreach this month - check out the 2020 displays from the Spring City Library, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, and West Chester Public Library and keep an eye out for awareness in your local library: