Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend
Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend hosted a candlelight vigil on October 24, 2011 at the Brewster County Court House Gazebo.


SafePlace encourages the community to stand up against family violence and pledge to be proactive and visible supporters of safe and peaceful relationships with the Courageous Bystander Pledge Campaign.

SafePlace’s Expect Respect Program Director, Barri Rosenbluth, visited with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at a reception commemorating the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force
On October 20th, the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force hosted “Paddle, Parade & Rally: Stand Up For Safe Families”.  Kayakers, canoers and stand up paddlers were invited to participate in this free event.

Texas Advocacy Project
The Texas Advocacy Project, in conjunction with the Travis County Sheriffs office, is using a push card during DVAM. The back side has phone numbers and other verbage. They are working with area school districts that are having their football players wear purple ribbons on their helmets during football games in October. The coaches are going to talk to the players about teen dating violence and there is going to be dating violence messaging on the jumbo-trons.


Family Crisis Center
The Family Crisis Center hosted a unique awareness campaign on facebook.  Visit their facebook page to check it out.


District Attorney’s Office
The Cameron County District Attorney’s office hosted several events for DVAM including placing purple ribbons on trees, purple lapel ribbons for employees, an annual poetry and art contest for all county high school students in order to educate children about the cycles of domestic violence and their annual Petals on the Lake event.


The Family Place
In honor of the women killed in Texas for 2010, the Family Place created a wreath of butterflies representing the 142 victims.

On October 11th, the media was invited to cover and videotape Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten as he unveiled a new public service announcement encouraging men to be role models and stand up against abuse. The event was held at The Family Place in Dallas, where Witten read to the children at the program’s school. The PSA, produced and distributed as a partnership between Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, the Allstate Foundation, and the Texas Council on Family Violence, focuses on the role of men as advocates against domestic violence.

The PSA content is available for download until October 17, 2011 (see below). Please note – it is a large file.

Verizon Wireless, NNEDV, TCFV
To commemorate DVAM, Verizon, NNEDV and state coalitions have partnered in the Journey of Hope, an eight-city, cross-country domestic violence awareness bus tour.  Texas is to host its final stop in Dallas on October 30th.

The Journey of Hope tour is the first-ever initiative to collect and record domestic violence stories with smartphones and tablets. At each tour stop, survivors and members of the domestic violence community can record video of their personal experiences on Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets to create the first catalog of testimonies from the DV community. The testimonies will then be posted on Facebook at (under the HopeLine tab).

The project also gives consumers easy options to support those affected by domestic violence by donating no-longer-used phones from any carrier, and in any condition, to the cause.

Each Journey of Hope tour stop serves as an education center for the public to learn more about domestic violence prevention and the resources that are available to them.

Fort Worth

SafeHaven of Tarrant County
SafeHaven offered several events including the Legacy of Women Awards and GO PURPLE Day, the HeartCard Shopping Event, and Sleep Experts is donating $1 to SafeHaven per “like” to the Share the Gift of Sleep. Click on any of the links for more information.

Mary Kay Inc.
Crayton W. Webb, Director of Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc., visited Dallas City Hall on October 5th to accept a Special Recognition from Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano for the work of Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation on the prevention of domestic violence. Mayor Rawlings and nine additional City Council members attended the ceremony where it was officially declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Dallas. Both Channel 11 and Univision were there as well. Special kudos were also made to Verizon for their work on the DV issue.


New Beginning Center
New Beginning Center hosted an evening with Janine Latus, Wine and Cheese Reception on October 8, 2011.


Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
On October 1st, AVDA partnered with Verizon Wireless to officially launch Purple Light Nights™, a national domestic violence awareness campaign initially started in Covington, WA in 2007. They kicked off the inaugural Houston campaign with 2 community participants: City Hall and TX Woman’s University of the TX Medical Center.

Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC)
During October, HAWC offered individuals an opportunity to sign the “I Believe Pledge,” which calls for safer homes and schools, equality for all and the end of family violence.

On October 15, 2011, Daya hosted “One Voice Against Domestic Violence” to commemorate DVAM.


For the Purple Heart Project, community members painted purple hearts on their faces as a pledge to stand up against domestic violence.


Women’s Protective Services
WPS challenges everyone to be “Caught in Purple” on October 14, 2011 in any shape or form. Share your photos with WPS either on Facebook or Twitter.


Family Crisis Center of East Texas
The Family Crisis Center of East Texas will be hosting several Clothesline Project events throughout their community.


Ector County Attorney Office
An article from the Odessa American, spotlights legal assistant Sylvia Espinoza, wrapping trees with purple ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.


Tralee Crisis Center
Tralee Crisis Center will be hosting their Honorable Man March on October 18, 2011. The event begins with a reception honoring all the honorable men.


Bridge Over Troubled Waters
On October 1, 2011, the Bridge Over Troubled Waters held their sixth annual Men’s March to highlight the role of men in the effort to raise awareness about family violence.


Fort Bend County Women’s CenterThe Rosenberg Police Department sponsored a two-week donation drive benefiting the Fort Bend County Women’s Center, a program that assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

Round Rock

Hope Alliance
Hope Alliance will have a 2011 “Safe At Home” Dinner on October 15, 2011. Also, they will be hosting their Fifth Annual Women FORE! Hope Tournament on October 16, 2011.

San Antonio

PEACE Initiative
Patricia Castillo of PEACE Initiative increased the awareness of the rights of undocumented victims of family violence. Click here to see the Univision interview.

Worden School of Social Work
The Worden School of Social Work hosted a screening of Telling Amy’s Story. They had over 150 attendees and great discussion after the screening.


Seguin Police Department
The city of Seguin recently signed a proclamation encouraging residents to speak out against family violence. The Seguin Police Department will host a Domestic Violence Awareness on October 18, 2011 which is free and open to the public.

The Woodlands

Montgomery County Women’s Center
Montgomery County Women’s Center is hosting several events for DVAM including a candlelight vigil, Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes Men’s March and a screening of Telling Amy’s Story.


Healing Hearts Center
On Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10am, the Ellis County Commissioner’s Court approved a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ellis County.


Bay Area Crisis Center
Bay Area Crisis Center hosted several events during DVAM. They held a viewing of “Until the Violence Stops”, an hour-long documentary capturing the impact of V-Day in five different international communities, and a screening of the inspiring movie, ‘The Lamp’, based off of the latest novel by Jim Stovall. They also hosted a Candlelight Vigil.