10 Ways You Can Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence This DVAM

1. Create a Social Media Campaign

Download the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 2018 DVAM Social Media Toolkit, and get inspired to create your own campaign to end domestic violence!

2. Wear Purple

Show your support for survivors by wearing purple all month long. Thursday, October 18th is #PurpleThursday – use the hashtag to share your purple on social media!

3. Share your #1Thing

This year’s DVAM message is #1Thing – asking individuals to consider what #1Thing they can do to end domestic violence. While one person’s actions may seem insignificant, together a community’s collective #1Things can lead to real social transformation. Learn more here!

4. Volunteer

Connect with a local domestic violence program and see how you can help. To find a program or shelter near you, visit or

5. Attend an Event

Visit our CSAPPNH Calendar for local events happening this DVAM, or visit the National DVAM Events Database to see a list of national events happening this month.

6. Practice Self Care

You can’t pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself first. These activities can help you to practice self-care, so you can continue to work to end domestic violence in your community.

  • Listen to music! Listen to NNEDV’s #EmpowermentPlaylist

7. Support a Friend

Talk to someone you know who may be experiencing domestic violence. Get help and support here.

8. Learn the Facts

There is a lot to know about domestic violence, and educating yourself is a great way to be able to advocate and share information with others. Visit the NCADV website to learn more, and download their National Domestic Violence Fact Sheet here.

9. Stand with Survivors

#MeToo has shown us that cultural and social change is obtainable when the conversation is made accessible to all who are affected by sexual violence. This year, NCADV is highlighting #SurvivorSpeaks to empower survivors to come forward and share stories that need to be told to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Learn more here.

10. Take Action

Contact your local lawmakers by calling, emailing, or sending them a letter asking them to be aware and work for change on the issue of domestic violence. To learn more about how to take action, visit the NNEDV’s Policy Center by clicking here.


Resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is an annual campaign held every October to raise public awareness about domestic violence, with a focus on three themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

This year, The Domestic Violence Awareness Project has developed a unified message for inspiring action throughout DVAM: The #1Thing Campaign. The idea behind the campaign is inspiring individuals to consider what #1Thing they can do to end domestic violence. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a community’s collective #1Things can lead to real social transformation.

To learn more about the #1Thing Campaign and download an action guide and sample social media posts, click here.


DVAM Resources

CSAPPNH DVAM 2018 Toolkit
We have created a customized DVAM Toolkit for CCSNH and Granite State Colleges to use this DVAM! The toolkit includes ideas for DVAM activities and examples of successful past awareness campaigns!
Click here to download.

Customized DVAM Coloring Pages
Coloring pages are a great way to get the community involved in showing support for survivors. We have designed three custom coloring pages using the “It’s On Us” CSAPPNH  Logo for you to share on your campus. For a college-specific coloring page, please contact Becca Howard (

NCADV Social Media Toolkit
This toolkit shares ideas for how to get involved during DVAM, including sample blog posts, social media, messages, and educational graphics about domestic violence statistics.
Visit the NCADV website to download.

NRCDV Campaign Ideas
This webpage shares various ideas for DVAM campaigns you can use in your community, including key considerations in organizing a DVAM campaign, as well as various examples.
Visit the NRCDV website to learn more.

Mark Your Calendar!

The following dates throughout October can be used to spread the word to end domestic violence and other forms of oppression in our communities:

Day of Unity
: Monday, October 1st
DVAM evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities related to ending domestic violence. In 1987, the first DVAM was observed. Each year since, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of DVAM.

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day: Wednesday, October 10th
Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place on the second Wednesday of October. This year it will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Sponsored by Futures Without Violence, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare community and educate them about the critical importance of screening for domestic violence.

World Mental Health Day: Wednesday, October 10th
Many survivors of sexual and domestic violence suffer from mental health problems that affect their long-term health and well-being. World Mental Health Day is observed to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

National Coming Out Day: Thursday, October 11th
Support and celebrate the LGBTQ individuals in your community on National Coming Out Day, held annually to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community and civil rights movement.

DVAM National Week of Action: Sunday, October 14th through Saturday, October 20th
During the National Week of Action, individuals are encouraged to engage their communities and show support to end domestic violence. Each day has a different action step to take to end violence in our communities, listed below:

Sunday, October 14: #SelflessSunday – Donate your time, money, or in-kind donations to your state coalition or local domestic violence program.

Monday, October 15: My Voice Monday – Have you helped pass legislation that supports survivors? Have you written an article about domestic violence in your community? Share how YOU are a voice against violence.

Tuesday, October 16: Twitter Chat Tuesday – Join the bilingual (English & Spanish) Twitter Chat from 3:00-4:00 PM (ET) hosted by the NNEDV. The chat 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.

Thursday, October 18: #PurpleThursday – Wear purple to show your support for survivors and for ending domestic violence! Share your purple on social media using #PurpleThursday.

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 – through music, movies, television, books, and media. Share how you are reframing these narratives to support survivors.

Saturday, October 20: #TechSafety Saturday – Technology has a major impact on survivors. Newly emerging technologies are cause for conversation about the ways that this technology can be misused to harm survivors, but also how these technologies can help hold offenders accountable and be a source of connection for survivors.

You can also view the CSAPPNH Calendar to see what DVAM events are happening across the state of New Hampshire this October.

Let us know what you are doing to end domestic violence during DVAM! Share your photos and events with us at

Head Back to School with uSafeUS!


uSafeUS is a mobile app that places sexual assault prevention tools and response resources into the hands of students. The app is available for students at all CSAPPNH Colleges to download for free! Below you will find information about the app’s features and updates in the new and improved uSafeUS version  3.0.

uSafeUS 3.0 is now available!

  • Home_trspt-205x384Updated prevention tools with more intuitive features
  • New and improved “Find Help” tool
  • Free to download for all New Hampshire college students!
  • Current uSafeUS users will get the update automatically

Interested in advertising uSafeUS on your campus? Contact Delilah Smith at for information about promotional materials our team can share on your campus!

New Campus Administrator Dashboard provides customization, insights, and communication capabilities, including:

  • View anonymous data about uSafeUS app use on your campus
  • Update information available to your students via the app
  • Send push notifications to students who have selected your campus, to remind them of app features and ways to stay safe.

The uSafeUS smartphone app enables students to:

  • Instantly access campus and local help, in the event of sexual violence.
  • Use interactive safety features to prevent assault.
  • Learn how to approach and help someone who has been victimized.

Features on uSafeUS:

  • Time to Leave enables students to send themselves a fake text or phone call which provides an excuse to leave an uncomfortable situation.
  • Angel Drink offers a discreet way for students to notify a bartender or wait staff that help is needed.
  • Expect Me enables students walking home alone at night to let friends know to call if they don’t arrive home as expected.
  • What Next? walks students through their options in the event of an assault
  • Find Help is a contact book of resources, which you can customize for your school.
  • Helpful Answers provides research-informed guidance for self-care or supporting a friend who has been victimized.

How to Utilize the Resource Guide

The CSAPPNH Resource Guide has been developed to assist college partners who may be seeking resources to easily locate and quickly assess the relevance or suitability of various materials and tools.  These materials are gathered from various sources and the Guide will be updated on a regular basis.

How to use the guide:

Ways to Browse Resources

You can browse through a variety of different resources by keyword, type, or in alphabetical order.  Each item includes a short synopsis and a link to the full resource (either webpage or PDF download).

Each resource review includes:

  • Type of Resource: Toolkit, webinar, article, report, etc.
  • Source: Author, creator or publisher
  • Keyword: One or more of up to 12 different possible topics
  • URL Link: Hyperlink to the full document on the web (if available)
  • Brief Summary: Description of the purpose and intended use of the resource
  • Main Points: Description of what is contained in the resource

New Resources Available:

Click on the titles below to be directed to the resource.

Addressing Alcohol’s Role in Campus Sexual Assault: A Toolkit by and for Prevention Specialists
This toolkit integrates research and practice evidence to help prevention specialists begin to answer the question: How should our campus address alcohol in our sexual assault prevention efforts?
Keywords: Evidence-based Strategies & Research; Mental and Emotional Health; Prevention Planning; Response Strategies

Assessing the Need and Receptivity for an Integrated Healthy Sexual and Dating Relationships Intervention for Community College Students
This article investigates the need for an integrated responsible sexual behavior and dating violence prevention program on community college campuses.  The article presents findings from research to assess the need and receptivity for a web-based intervention targeted at community college students.
Keywords: Community Colleges; Evidence-Based Strategies & Research; Mental & Emotional Health; Non-Traditional Students; Prevention Planning

The Clery Act on Campus: Status Update and Gender Implications
This article critiques the updates to the Clery Act for community colleges, and takes a closer look at the gender implications with regards to the current updates in accordance with administrative collaboration.
Keywords: Campus Safety & Policy; Clery Act, Title IX & Other Federal Guidance; Community Colleges; Response Strategies

Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health Need Among Female Community College Students
This article looks at the impacts of interpersonal violence on female community college students, including intimate partner violence, trauma exposure, sexual violence victimizations, and associated mental health consequences. The study provides evidence that community college students are experiencing violence and the accompanying mental health impacts at high rates.
Keywords: Community Colleges; Evidence-Based Strategies & Research; Mental & Emotional Health; Non-Traditional Students

Long-term Impacts of College Sexual Assaults on Women Survivors’ Educational and Career Attainments
This article examines how trauma impacts college sexual assault survivors’ human capital, particularly education trajectory and career attainment. The study also demonstrates the significant public health cost attributed to sexual assault, as survivors often miss time from school and work, drop out of college, and experience negative long-term mental and physical health symptoms from the assault.
Keywords: Evidence-Based Strategies & Research; Mental & Emotional Health

CSAPPnh Celebrates Pride Month!

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June is Pride Month, a time when the LGBTQ community around the world comes together and celebrates the freedom to be themselves.  Pride is more than just a celebration, however, as this holiday is rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. Today, LGBTQ individuals are still marginalized in society and experience higher rates of sexual violence victimization than the general population.

Pride Events are happening across the state of New Hampshire this summer. We have listed these events below and added them to the CSAPPnh Calendar, in hopes that you will share with your students and show support for the LGBTQ individuals in your community!

Pride Flag Raising at Manchester City Hall

Manchester, NH
Friday, June 15th, 12pm-1pm
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Claremont, NH
Saturday, June 16th, 12pm-4pm
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4th Annual Portsmouth PRIDE Day

Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, June 23rd
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Nashua Pride Festival

Nashua, NH
Saturday, June 30th
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Rochester Pride 2018

Rochester, NH
Saturday, August 28th, 1pm-4pm
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Have a Pride Event that is not on this list? Email us at or submit your own event to our calendar here.