Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It is a month devoted to raising awareness of the societal issue of domestic violence (including dating, intimate partner, and relationship violence). We take this time to honor survivors of domestic violence and inspire people to take action to end domestic violence. 

We encourage you to participate in the DVAM events listed below and follow our @bewellwwu Instagram account for more information.   

Survivor Support

Every person deserves to be treated with love, dignity and respect.

If you are a Western student who is experiencing or has experienced relationship abuse, sexual violence, stalking or harassment, you are not alone and support is available through Western's Survivor Advocacy Services

We are here to support you and help you heal from your experiences of violence/abuse. This service is for Western students. We affirm people of all identities and lived experiences. Please note, you do not have to identify yourself as a survivor or use the terms  violence/abuse to describe your experience or in order to receive support. 

If you are a concerned friend, partner, or family member of a Western student, support is also available for you.

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Survivors are invited to join our art-based support group, a safe space for survivors of violence to support one another in healing. Available to and affirming of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Art supplies are provided.

DVAM Events

Be part of the solution by participating in DVAM events at Western throughout the month of October. Check back often for a list of upcoming events for 2022, and follow the @BeWellWWU account on Instagram for updates.

DVAM Kick-Off in Red Square

OCT 4 | 11 AM - 2 PM Red Square

Stop by our table in Red Square to help us kick off DVAM at WWU! Pick up a purple DVAM ribbon, consent stickers, Healthy Relationships checklist, and more.

Free T-shirts available at our table while supplies last!

Wellness Wednesday

OCT 12 | 3-4 PM VU 462B

Take a break and come create artwork about the love and relationships—platonic, romantic, and everything in between—that each of us are worthy of. All art supplies will be provided, and you will leave with some Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) swag. A special Wellness Wednesday workshop hosted by Survivor Advocacy Services as a part of DVAM.

Clothesline Project

OCT 13 | 11 AM - 3 PM Below the Library Skybridge

Join us outside below the Library Skybridge for a visual display of personal testimonies by survivors of domestic violence and those who honor and support them. Bear witness and participate in this safe space to share stories and experiences.

WWU Volleyball Game

OCT 20 | 7 PM Carver Gym

Come cheer on the WWU volleyball team in a special Domestic Violence Awareness Month game vs. Alaska Fairbanks!  

Helpful Resources

Learn more about what domestic violence is and how you can support those in your life who might be experiencing abuse.


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DVAM Zoom Background

Show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month by displaying our #DVAM Zoom background for all your virtual meetings during October! 

Prefer not to have your video on during Zoom meetings? You can also change your profile picture to our #DVAM Zoom profile image!

Purple ribbon on purple gradient background with the words October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM Flyer

Promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month in your department by printing and posting our DVAM flyer during the month of October.

And, if you would like additional DVAM information, including Survivor Advocacy Services handbills and resources on healthy relationships, email Deidre Evans, WWU Survivor Advocate.