As a family violence program, your involvement with DVAM propels the issue in your community. Here are some ways to participate:

  • Print table tents with a reminder that October is DVAM and include your information. Distribute these to restaurants and hospital cafeterias
  • Give your community a voice with the annual Purple Postcard drive
  • Distribute purple ribbons or purple bands to clergy, police chiefs, judges, librarians, emergency room personnel and others in your community
  • Ask local utility companies and banks to include a message in their October bills
  • Hold a candlelight vigil for victims killed in your county
  • Ask churches to address the issue of domestic violence from the pulpit or in their newsletter during October
  • Make thank you cards with painted hand prints from the children at your shelter. Distribute these to police departments, judges, probation officers and prosecutors
  • Display tee-shirts created by survivors of domestic violence in a public place. Have the shirts depict their stories, their pain and their hopes
  • Hang posters in your local beauty salons displaying your wish-list and make literature and information available
  • Hold a press conference to announce a new community taskforce, private donation, or law
  • Hold a special client event for shelter residents, and invite funders and community partners

What is your organization doing this DVAM? Please let us know — you may just inspire another program to Go Purple!