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!
Highlights from DVAM 2017
In addition to the following public events, Doorways also collaborated with the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington Young Professionals, Phoenix House and Georgetown SigEp during DVAM.
If you’re interested in having Doorways participate in your event, please contact Linley Beckbridge, Communications and Outreach Manager, at 703-504-9283 or LBeckbridge@DoorwaysVA.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! Learn the 5 key facts about financial abuse and economic empowerment, and take action to support a survivor today.
— Doorways (@DoorwaysVA) October 3, 2017
NOVA Pride – October 1st
Stop by our table—shared with Shelter House, a community-based non-profit organization serving homeless families and domestic violence victims in Fairfax County—to learn about Doorways’ programs and services. Learn more.
Purple Purse Challenge – October 2nd-31st
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 lives 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, starting Monday, October 2nd at 12:00 p.m. ET through Tuesday, October 31st at 1:59:59 p.m. ET.:
Arlington’s DVAM 2017 Kickoff – October 4th
Join Arlington’s Project PEACE and Doorways at the Arlington County Courthouse at 4:00 p.m. in the 10th Floor Jury Assembly Room for a DVAM kickoff! The short program will honor survivors and local accomplishments, and will include special announcements and light refreshments.
Purple Purse: Shop for a Cause – October 7th
Join your local Allstate agent to support our community at their Purple Purse event benefiting Doorways. Shop at Bloomingdales at Tysons Corner Center from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on October 7th. At checkout, let your cashier know your purchase is for charity and you need a duplicate receipt. Allstate will collect the duplicate receipts on the 2nd Floor to track purchases benefiting Doorways. Bloomingdales will donate 10% of total tracked purchases! Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.
Campaign for Brighter Futures Breakfast – October 13th
Join us Friday, October 13th for the Campaign for Brighter Futures Breakfast! This hour-long, free fundraising event highlights more than 39 years of building brighter futures through Doorways’ progressive programs, life-changing results, and its unbelievably generous community of supporters. New this year – the Breakfast takes place at Hyatt Regency Crystal City to accommodate even more guests. You definitely won’t want to miss this!
Purple Thursday – October 19th
Join 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!
- Tag @doorways_va on Twitter
- Tag @DoorwaysVA on Twitter
- Tag Doorways for Women and Families on Facebook
- Use #DoorwaysVA
- Email your picture to LBeckbridge@DoorwaysVA.org
Spooky Paws Stroll – October 28th
This family- and dog-friendly event benefits Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Dogs and kids walk for free, but you do not have to have a dog to participate. Learn more and register now.
— Doorways (@DoorwaysVA) September 22, 2017
Highlights from DVAM 2016
Purple Purse Challenge – September 28th-October 25th
Doorways raised critical funds through the Purple Purse Challenge to help us earn chances to win extra funds to support our financial education. These funds help transform the lives of women and families by providing skills and practical tools they can use every day. Supporters empowered survivors with the tools they need to achieve safety and stability by donating through our Purple Purse Challenge page on Crowdrise.
Each day in October, we shared information, resources and ways to take action using #31DaysofDVAM on Twitter. Each October, follow Doorways on Twitter and retweet to your followers to spread the word!
Purple Out Courthouse – October 6th
We joined the Arlington County Courthouse to celebrate the fourth annual Purple Out event as well as Project PEACE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration! See #PurpleOutDMV for photos on social media. Learn more.
Shattering The Silence: Artists Speak Against Domestic Violence – October 18th
This evening of spoken word and music was hosted by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. Donations will benefit Doorways.
Turkey Trot Kickoff Party – October 19th
We gathered with friends and communtiy partners at the 2016 Arlington Turkey Trot Kick-Off Party, the proceeds of which benefited the 2016 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
Purple Thursday – October 20th
Members of our community joined us to raise awareness, support survivors and take a stand against domestic violence!
Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk – October 22nd
This family- and dog-friendly event benefited Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Learn more.
SigEp’s Halloween 5K Against Domestic Violence – October 29th
The Georgetown community came together in solidarity with domestic violence survivors to mark the conclusion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 3rd Annual Halloween 5K Against Domestic Violence. All proceeds from the event went directly to Doorways. Learn more.
Highlights from DVAM 2015
County Board Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Arlington
Arlington 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.
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
Through 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!