To: Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Each October, purple silhouettes are displayed on our grounds. The life-sized figures are a silent memorial to Waukesha County residents that have lost their lives to domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an opportunity to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence, share information about our resources, and most importantly, to support survivors.
This year, as our community faces the COVID-19 pandemic and confronts the realities of systemic racism in our country, it is especially important to raise awareness about domestic violence in the context of those issues.
Domestic violence has been reported to be at peak levels across our community, state, and nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The social distancing and isolation required to limit the outbreak has put victims at greater danger, as many have been trapped at home with their abuser and have had fewer opportunities to reach out for help.
Further, we know that the cycle of domestic violence is directly linked to all forms of violence, and to end domestic violence, we must also work to end racism, discrimination, and systemic oppression.
So, what can you do to help?
Join us all month long to
Learn. Listen. Share.
Learn about the issue. Domestic violence has long been a topic avoided in society and by learning more about the root causes, myths, and realities of domestic violence, we can build awareness that leads to prevention and long-term societal change.
- Check back to this webpage throughout the month of October for special posts about how the pandemic and racial inequality affects domestic violence, and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter) to keep learning all year long.
Listen to survivors. Disclosing this very personal aspect of a survivor’s life is a scary step in their healing journey. The key is to listen without judgment, believe, and offer support to survivors. Here are a few ways you can support them.
- Listen to our podcast – The Women’s Center has been supporting survivors for over 43 years, and as an expert, we want to help the broader community better understand domestic violence through resources like our podcast, blog, events, and more.
- Listen to yourself – if you are uneasy about your relationship, or worry about new and unhealthy behaviors in your partner, trust yourself. Learn to identify common warning signs in relationships, and know that our 24-Hour Hotline is always available to answer questions.
Share information, starting with our 24-Hour Hotline. Our 24-Hour Hotline is an important resource for those without a safe place to turn or who need someone to talk to. Each year through our Hotline, thousands of survivors are connected with our services, and by raising awareness, you help ensure more people know of this critical lifeline.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Virtual Toolkit Request Form
Sign up below as either an individual or as a company representative to receive our virtual toolkit via email, with resources sent out each Monday in October.
For individuals – you will receive a customized email with graphics that can be posted on social media, materials you can print off to display and/or distribute, and template text to share with friends and family.
For companies – each week, you will receive an email with template text for your employee newsletter or intranet, social media posts to highlight DVAM and our partnership, ideas to engage your team, and materials to post in breakrooms, reception areas, or window display.
A Noteworthy Evening on Purple Thursday
Want to do more? Participate in the National Week of Action and join us for A Noteworthy Evening on Purple Thursday, October 22, featuring comments from new City of Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson and our own Executive Director Angela Mancuso; emcee Mayor Shawn Reilly of the City of Waukesha; and surprise interactive features throughout the 60-minute virtual program.
Each household registration will receive a Purple Party Package for the week, including a window display, a voucher for a purple light bulb, and unique giveaways and access code for the program. Learn more and register.
Here are other ways you can get involved:
- Mention DVAM in your conversations. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Share a statistic with them to help others learn and let them know this is why you support The Women’s Center.
- It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
- The Women’s Center worked with over 1,100 unduplicated adult and child survivors of domestic violence in 2019, interacting with them over 17,000 times.
- 20 people are victims of physical violence every minute in the United States.
- Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Like our posts and share them with your network to help spread our mission and message.
- Wear purple on Thursday, October 22 for Purple Thursday. Take a picture and share it on social media to help build awareness.
- Help Light the Way to End Domestic Violence by purchasing a purple lightbulb at TNT Ace Hardware on Sunset Dr in Waukesha and displaying it in your home or business throughout the month, and especially during the National Week of Action, October 18 – 24. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to The Women’s Center.
- Donate to The Women’s Center to support our life-saving and life-changing programs.
Help is always available. Call our 24-Hour Hotline at 262.542.3828.
Thank you to WaterStone Bank for their support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the mission of The Women’s Center.