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DV Awareness Month

Below are 31 tips in 31 days to help stop domestic violence,
courtesy of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

If you can do one thing to help…

  • Call the police when you see or hear domestic violence. Your call can save a life.
  • If you suspect someone is a victim, ask if they are safe or need someone to talk to. Explain that free and confidential services are available at their local domestic violence program.
  • If a victim confides in you, offer a safe place to make a phone call, a ride to a local shelter, or to baby-sit while they attend appointments.
  • Offer to care for the pet of a victim who is hesitant to leave the pet to go to a domestic violence shelter.
  • Support domestic violence victims by listening to them in a non-judgmental way, and encouraging them to work with their local domestic violence program to develop a safety plan.
  • If you suspect someone is being abusive in a relationship, encourage the person to get help. Your local domestic violence program can provide referral information.
  • Carry the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in your wallet in case you meet someone who needs it. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • Wear a purple ribbon during October to show your support of your local domestic violence program.
  • Find out what’s on your local domestic violence program’s wish list, and organize a collection among your friends, neighbors or co-workers.
  • Ask your local domestic violence program if you can organize a fundraiser on their behalf.
  • Become a volunteer at your local shelter. There are lots of things you can do.
  • Attend a candlelight vigil or community event sponsored by your local domestic violence program.
  • Donate money or gift cards to your local domestic violence program.
  • Include your local domestic violence program in your estate planning.
  • If you are having a birthday, wedding or anniversary celebration, ask your guests to donate to your local domestic violence program in lieu of bringing a gift.
  • Donate your old cell phone to your local domestic violence program.
  • Be a role model for your children and others by being respectful in all your relationships.
  • Learn the warning signs of abusive relationships at
  • Talk to your teen about what’s appropriate and healthy behavior in a dating relationship. Encourage them to come to you if they are ever afraid in a relationship.
  • Get involved if you suspect your teen, or one of your teen’s friends, is in an abusive relationship.
  • Ask your middle and high school to bring in speakers from your local domestic violence program to talk about teen dating violence.
  • Suggest your faith community adopt your local domestic violence program as a service project.
  • Ask your faith leader to offer a prayer or preach a sermon on ending family violence during a worship service.
  • Encourage businesses that you patronize to put out a donation jar for your local domestic violence program.
  • Invite a speaker from your local domestic violence program to educate your co-workers about workplace violence.
  • Make sure information about domestic violence services and referrals is in your company’s Employee Assistance Program.
  • Place informational materials from your local domestic violence program in your workplace lounges and restrooms.
  • Speak to the appropriate manager at work about implementing policies and safeguards to support domestic violence victims.
  • Lobby your state and federal elected officials to fully fund domestic violence services.
  • Ask candidates for public office how they plan to address the crime of domestic violence in your community.
  • Recognize that domestic violence is a crime that can happen in any neighborhood, and all victims of it deserve safety and justice.