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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! This month provides an opportunity each year to educate the community on the pattern of abusive behaviors that alter the lives of too many of our neighbors, friends and family. Get involved with us throughout October by participating in our awareness events, sharing news and social media posts and more. Join our cause to stay engaged all year long!

Get Involved During DVAM 2016

Purple Purse Challenge – September 28th-October 25th

Donate to Doorways through the Purple Purse Challenge to help us earn chances to win extra funds to support our financial education. Your gift can help transform the life of women and families by providing skills and practical tools they can use every day. Empower survivors with the tools they need to achieve safety and stability by donating through our Purple Purse Challenge page on Crowdrise through October 25th:



Each day in October, we will share information, resources and ways to take action using #31DaysofDVAM on Twitter. Follow Doorways on Twitter and retweet to your followers to spread the word!

Purple Out Courthouse – October 6th

Join us at the Arlington County Courthouse to celebrate the fourth annual Purple Out event as well as Project PEACE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration! The event will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the 10th floor jury assembly room of the Courthhouse. Post your #PurpleOutDMV photos to social media with #DoorwaysVA. Learn more.

Shattering The Silence: Artists Speak Against Domestic Violence – October 18th

This evening of spoken word and music is hosted by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. Donations will benefit Doorways. Register online.

Turkey Trot Kickoff Party – October 19th

Join us for the 2016 Arlington Turkey Trot Kick-Off Party! $5 admission (cash please) includes one raffle ticket, $2 beer, happy hour food prices throughout and music. Proceeds benefit Arlington Turkey Trot beneficiaries: Doorways for Women and Families; Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC); Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN); Arlington Thrive; and Bridges To Independence. Learn more.

Purple Thursday – October 20th

keri-shull-team-cropJoin us to raise awareness, support survivors and take a stand against domestic violence! Wear purple and post your pictures to social media to show your support, and we’ll add your photo to our Purple Out Facebook photo album!

Invite your friends to join you to multiply your impact! Learn more and join NNEDV’s Thunderclap to help spread the word.

imgp7978Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk – October 22nd

This family- and dog-friendly event benefits Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Dogs walk for free, but you do not have to have a dog to participate! Learn more and register now.

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SigEp’s Halloween 5K Against Domestic Violence – October 29th

Come together in solidarity with domestic violence survivors as we mark the conclusion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 3rd Annual Halloween 5K Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, October 29th at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Doorways. Registration for the 5K is $15, and can be completed here. Learn more.

Highlights from DVAM 2015

County Board Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Arlington

The declaration was shared on October 6th at the Arlington County Courthouse during the Third Annual “Purple Out Courthouse” to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read more.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month ribbon displayed on Arlington Police vehicleArlington County Police Department Partners with Doorways to Bring Attention to Domestic Violence

Throughout the month of October, a purple ribbon donated by Doorways was displayed on many of County police vehicles in support of the efforts to reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence in our community. Read more.


Each day in October, we shared information, resources and ways to take action using #31DaysofDVAM on Twitter.

Purple Out

On Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 community members near and far joined us for Purple Out on Purple Thursday to raise awareness, support survivors and take a stand against domestic violence.

5th Annual Howl-o-Ween Dog Walk

IMGP8222Through the family- and dog-friendly Howl-o-Ween Walk, our community raised awareness and funds to support survivors of abuse and homelessness, both people and pets. This joint effort between Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue occurs around Halloween each year, so plan to join us next year!

If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-237-0881.