Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year. Prevention of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking, requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems – each whose “one thing” adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming our communities.
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2018, we are joining other states in one unified message for inspiring action during this month and beyond. “The #1Thing message unites our individual voices while highlighting the power of collective action.” (DVAP). Our collective one things can lead to the social transformation we all desire.
Many people care and understand that all gender-based violence is a serious public health problem, but they don’t take action. They want to do something but believe their actions can’t make a difference, but imagine if 7.4 billion individuals each commit to doing one thing – this collective action will definitely create real social transformation.
Change can start with only #1Thing.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai
DVAM 2018 Theme
#1Thing can be personalized to reflect your situation, story, wishes and dreams to see the ending of domestic violence. Here are 10 statements that may resonate with you:
- As a survivor, #1Thing I need advocates to know
- #1Thing that has inspired me to work to end gender-based violence
- #1Thing I want my children to know
- As a community leader, #1Thing I want to share about my community
- #1Thing I do to take care of myself
- #1Thing that impacts my healing & resilience the most
- #1Thing my family could do to support my healing
- #1Thing I wish policy makers and funders knew about gender-based violence & its impact on communities
- Meaningful collaboration is #1Thing that advances our shared vision of social justice. Who can you reach out to today?
- One of the most important things we can do to help advance policies that benefit survivors is to VOTE in federal, state, and local elections. #1Thing you can do now is make sure you’re registered and commit to voting in November.
Here is your invitation to share your #1Thing on all your social media platforms. Speak loud and proud. You can make a difference.
Nevada Calendar of Events
University of Nevada Reno
Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo movement is speaking on
October 3 at 6:00PM Joe Crowley Student Union
Free tickets at www.unr.edu/union
Washoe Legal Services
CAHS Advocates to End Domestic Violence in Hawthorne
CAHS’s Theme: Appreciation for a Community that Supports Survivors:
October 19 HS Cheerleaders wear purple for the football game.
October 25 Advocates will visit the Sheriff’s Office, courthouses, schools, and Senior Center to share decorated cupcakes. HS Assembly for juniors & seniors. Businesses on Main Street will be decorated with LED purple lights in their windows to highlight the national domestic violence hotline.
Tu Casa Latina
Documentary Screening: Rape on the Night Shift
2 Showings on October 16
Advocates 1:30PM-4:00PM; Community 5:30PM-8:00PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern NV in Reno
Contact: Daysi@tucasalatina.org or 775.432.9929
Advocates to End Domestic Violence in Carson City
Save the Date: Saturday, October 20
Light After Dark 5K/10K Walk/Run
6:00PM at Riverview Park in Carson City.
Send your event information to email@example.com
October 14-20, 2018
National Week of Action!
Sunday, October 14: #SelflessSunday
Donate you time, money, or in-kind donations to NCEDSV or your local domestic violence program.
Monday, October 15: My Voice Monday
Have you helped pass legislation that support survivors? Have you written a letter to the editor? Can you start a conversation about domestic violence with friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers?
Tuesday, October 16: Twitter Chat Tuesday
Join NNEDV’s bilingual (English & Spanish) Twitter Chat from 3:00-4:00PM (ET). They will be discussing #Safety4Survivors.
Wednesday, October 17: #WokeWednesday
Take action. You can make a difference by advocating for legislation and elected officials that support survivors. Learn the issues facing survivors in Nevada and VOTE.
Thursday, October 18: #PurpleThursday
Wear purple to show your support for survivors and for ending domestic violence. Join THUNDERCLAP on Twitter, Facebook, & Tumbler: NNEDV.org/WeekofAction
Friday, October 19: Fame Friday
Support survivors by analyzing how we, as a society, talk about domestic violence. Domestic violence is present in the pop culture we consume – music, television, movies, books, and media. Share your reframing messages that show support for survivors. Listen to #EmpowermentPlaylist on YouTube or Spotify for a collection of songs that inspire us to fight for change, offer strength, and empower.
Saturday, October 20: #TechSafety Saturday
Download NNEDV’s Tech Safety App now available in English and Spanish. Check the SafetyNet resources page to learn more about the risks and potential benefits of a new wave of devices (IoT).
For more information, visit https://nnedv.org/content/week-action-2018.