Each year, October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence affects individuals around the world every day. It does not discriminate. It occurs regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status or culture. While we have seen a change, we must still do more to provide protection and justice for survivors and prevent violence from occurring.

During DVAM, we stand together with domestic abuse survivors, celebrate our progress in combatting these despicable crimes, and resolve to carry on until domestic violence is no more.

How can I help in my community?



  • Coordinate a “purple day” at your place of work or wear a “No More” button all month long.
  • Pick up a “No More” pet tag for your furry friend.

Go “Purple” in October.  Make a fashion statement that says something. Honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence by wearing purple shirts, scarfs, ties, shoes, nail polish, etc. The possibilities are endless! Coordinate a purple day at the office. Snap a group photo and share online using #DVSSP.



"Let's PAWS for Domestic Violence" this October!

Paws for DV. Did you know that 75% of pet-owning abused women state that the family pet has also been abused? Domestic violence affects everyone, including the family pet. Place a No More Pet I.D. tag on your dog or cat to raise awareness of DV and Animal Abuse. Tags are available at DVSSP’s Administrative Office. Post your photos on social media using #PAWSforDV.



  • Display an “Empty Place at the Table” at your event.
  • Organize a candlelight vigil or Silent Witness initiative.

Empty Place at the Table. The Empty Place at the Table is a symbol to represent the victims who have tragically lost their lives to domestic violence. Each of the victims had a place at the table in their homes as members of a family. Their murders leave an empty place at that table, and a symbolic empty place in society. Domestic violence homicide tragically changes the family table and the symbolic table in the community and society as a whole.

To coordinate an Empty Place at the Table setting for your event or place of business, please contact DVSSP at (724) 223-5477.


  • Illuminate your porch with a purple light to serve as a beacon in your community.
  • Place a DVAM sign or purple bows in your yard to bring awareness to this issue.

Purple Bows and Yard Signs. Decorate trees, lamp posts or railings with a large purple bow to show your support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. No large trees? No problem. Use purple ribbon strips to adorn tree limbs or bushes in your front yard with a DVAM sign. Visit our Pinterest page for more ideas.



Purple Porch Project. Shine a light on the issue of domestic violence. Be a beacon in your community.  Learn more!


  • Schedule a DVSSP presenter to meet with your group.
  • Learn the signs of domestic violence and listen without judgment to victims/survivors. Disseminate information in any way possible! You can promote DVAM by using the downloadable resources below. Flyers, table tents, website banners, social media status updates and much more will illustrate your support of domestic violence education and prevention. Just download the resources you need, and then print and/or share:


  • Say NO MORE. Break the silence. Speak out. Seek help when you see this problem or harassment of any kind in your family, your community, your workplace or school. Tell us why YOU say NO MORE. Download this poster, take a photo with your message and share it on Instagram using #DVSSP.


Domestic violence is a choice.

It is 100% preventable.

No More Violence. Know More Peace. No More.


For more information or to pick-up supplies, please reference the following DVAM Project Timelines listed below or contact the Education and Training Department at edutrain@peacefromdv.org or by calling (724) 223-5477 in Washington County, (724) 852-2373 in Greene County or (724) 437-2530 in Fayette County.

Washington County DVAM Project Timeline

Greene County DVAM Project Timeline

Fayette County Project Timeline


Website Banners

Help get the word out by posting one of these Web banners on your organization’s home page from now through the end of October. Upload one of these PNG banners to your Web site and link the image to http://www.peacefromdv.org.  (To download individual images, right-click and select Save Picture as option.)

Full banner 975 x 130

Web Banner 1181 x 289

Side web banner


Social Media

Use social media to spread the word during October and show your support of domestic violence awareness.  Change your profile picture and/or cover photo to one of the custom DVAM images below.  (To download cover photo image, right-click and select Save Picture as option.)

Tweet or post statistics, news stories or other important information about domestic violence. Or feel free to copy one of our suggested messages below for your status update or tweet. When you tweet, remember to add #DVSSP!

31 Days of Social Media Messaging

Sample Profile Picture

Change your profile picture on Facebook! Join us at DVSSP by acknowledging DVAM through education and awareness during the month of October. Turn your profile picture purple to support the cause!

Create your unique profile picture here.

Facebook Cover Photo (Mobile Responsive)

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