Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 31 Actions in 31 Days

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when we stand in solidarity with domestic violence survivors and inspire action to stop the cycle of abuse. 

From keeping up on the news, to posting on Facebook and Twitter, to volunteering and more - we've outlined 31 ways to take a stand during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  You can take action in a new way, every day, all month.

Click here to learn about the history of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Week 1: Tuesday, October 1 - Sunday, October 6


10/1: Wear a purple ribbon to remember and honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

10/2: Research domestic violence (DV) statistics. Learn three facts. Start here.

10/3: Share those facts with five friends or family members. Ask them to research domestic violence and share what they learn as well.

10/4: Explore the Sanctuary website to learn more about Sanctuary’s services and how you can help.

10/5: Follow Sanctuary for Families on Facebook and Twitter.

10/6: Donate an old cell phone to DV victims in NYC. For more information, check out Verizon’s HopeLine.



Week 2: Monday, October 7 - Sunday, October 13

10/7: Attend Shine the Light on October 7th at 6:30pm in Time Square. Be sure to wear purple and join Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and take a stand against domestic violence. 

10/8: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fordham Law School’s Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC)! Research their current projects and check out the work of Betsy Tsai, Co-Director of Sanctuary’s Courtroom Advocates Project and recipient of this year’s DVAC Ongoing Dedication Award.

10/9: Get your office involved. Contact Sanctuary’s Volunteer Program to learn more about corporate partnerships—email for more information. 

10/10: Write to your Senator or congressperson. Demand that they take issues of gender-based violence seriously. Click here to look up your elected representatives’ addresses.

10/11: Create a Clothesline Project Display! Display t-shirts (or bandanas) with messages written by survivors of domestic violence in a public place. Non-survivor allies can also create and include their own messages of support. We're excited to take part in the Boom! Health Clothesline Project all day at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx.

10/12: Be an advocate in family court! Visit our website to learn more about other pro bono opportunities.

10/13: Light a candle to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence.

Week 3: Monday, October 14 - Sunday, October 20


10/14: Watch a documentary about DV or other gender-based violence. To learn more about how negative portrayals of women in media can lead to a culture that facilitates these types of violence, we recommend Miss Representation (available to watch instantly on Netflix).

10/15: Donate time, money or supplies to Sanctuary for Families. Visit for more information.

10/16: Join Sanctuary's Clinical Director Beth Silverman-Yam and Gibney Dance for a presentation on the role of the arts in supporting survivors of domestic violence - part of a series of free events by Gibney Dance to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more.

10/17: Talk to your teens about healthy relationships. Teen dating violence is more common than you think. Check out for more information.

10/18: Join your college’s DV or other interpersonal violence (IPV) advocacy group. College long behind you? See if your alumni association participates in community service or advocacy. For more information about interpersonal violence on college campuses, check out the new Know Your IX campaign.

10/19: Watch this video of Sir Patrick Stewart speaking out about domestic violence. Share with your friends on social media!

10/20: Share this DV statistic on social media: Approximately 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Learn more:

Week 4: Monday, October 21 - Sunday, October 27

10/21: Tweet this quote: .@GloriaSteinem: "Violence in the home normalizes violence everywhere else, from the street to foreign policy." #VAW #genderviolence

10/22: Coordinate a donations drive with your office, church or other community group to benefit Sanctuary’s clients.

10/23: Join Sanctuary on October 23rd for our 11th annual Above & Beyond Benefit honoring members of the legal community who have gone “above and beyond” in their pro bono work for victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Can’t attend? Read up on some of the work of our honorees!

10/24: Read an article or editorial on gender based violence. Forward it to a friend.

10/25: Sign the pledge to end violence against women.

10/26: Learn more about Sanctuary’s Children’s Program and the effects that domestic violence can have on child witnesses and survivors.

10/27: Check out the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence website

Week 5: Monday, October 28 - Thursday, October 31


10/28: Watch and share this video. Learn more about bystander intervention and how you can help stop abuse by being an active bystander. For some useful tips, check out this site.

10/29: Host a screening of a documentary on gender-based violence. For a terrifying look into the flaws of the family court system, check out No Way Out But One, a documentary about Holly Collins, the first American woman granted asylum in the Netherlands because of domestic violence.

10/30: Share this statistic on Facebook, Twitter and other social media: Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.

10/31: Remember that although Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends with October, more men, women and children are put at risk every day. They need your continued advocacy throughout the year. Together, we can bring an end to the cycle of violence.