30 ways to make a difference – #DVAMTurns30

30 years of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 30 ways to make a difference

To mark the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fort Bend Women’s Center has put together a list of 30 simple ways that you can help to raise awareness of domestic violence in your community and show your support local survivors.

  1. Wear a purple ribbon – you can pick one up for free at Sugar Land Town Square’s Giving Series concert for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 6th. Come join us – click here for all the information.


  1. Share an interesting fact about domestic violence on Facebook – we will be posting information throughout October.


  1. Host a movie night – NNEDV (the National Network to End Domestic Violence) has great resources for a post movie discussion


  1. Clear out your closet. Fort Bend Women’s Center PennyWise Resale stores sell gently used clothing, household goods and furniture to fund our services, as well as providing the families we serve with essential items for their new lives.


  1. Have a purple themed bake sale to raise funds and awareness for Fort Bend Women’s Center. Send us your photos and we’ll share them on our Facebook page.


  1. Read a survivor’s story – the special guest at our annual Healing & Hope Luncheon, Taylor Armstrong shares her story in ‘Hiding from Reality’. There are copies available at Fort Bend County Libraries.


  1. Find out about financial abuse with Purple Purse – what would you do in this situation? https://youtu.be/Q3pUlXtNgU4


  1. Remember that men can be victims of domestic violence too. It is often harder for them to come forward and ask for the help they need but acknowledging male survivors when you talk about domestic violence can really help.


  1. Book a seat at our annual Healing & Hope Luncheon with special guest Taylor Armstrong on October 19th. The star of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ is also a domestic violence survivor and advocate. Click here for more information.


  1. Learn a new number – our 24-hour Crisis Hotline 281-342-HELP (4357). You never know when someone you know might need this number.


  1. Find out how to help a friend if you think they’re being abused – this is a great article from the National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-friends-and-family/


  1. Conversation Sunday – want to talk to someone you know about domestic violence but don’t know what to say? NNEDV’s talking points are a great resource to help you feel more confident – http://nnedv.org/downloads/Other/10-Tips-Informed-DV-Conversation.pdf


  1. Train to become an advocate – we offer this training three times a year. Once you complete the training, you can volunteer to answer our Hotline and work directly with the survivors we serve.


  1. Stay social – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FtBendWomensCtr for more information, events and other ways you can support survivors of domestic violence.


  1. Binge watch the award winning ‘Big Little Lies’ and read Futures Without Violence’s blog on what it got right about domestic violence – https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/what-big-little-lies-got-right-about-domestic-violence/


  1. Even a few dollars make a difference to our ability to provide lifesaving services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Click here to give securely online.


  1. Go Purple! October 19th is Go Purple Day in Texas so wear purple to show that you stand with survivors of domestic violence.


  1. Got a teenager in the family? Make the time to talk to them about healthy relationships – here are some great tips from Futures Without Violence – https://s3.amazonaws.com/fwvcorp/wp-content/uploads/20160121110131/10Tips_healthyrelationships2.pdf


  1. Let your light shine – switch your front porch light with a purple lightbulb to shine a light on domestic violence.


  1. Volunteer! Your time can make a difference. Fill in our online volunteer application and sign up for an orientation to find the role that’s right for you.


  1. Host a donation drive – you can find our list of needs on our website. Make it fun – offer friends coffee and cake in return for their contribution.


  1. Get smart about social media – https://techsafetyapp.org/ is designed to help anyone with concerns to identify online harassment and stalking. It can also help you to learn more about your privacy and security online.


  1. Join the party – our PennyWise Richmond store is trying to bring together as many volunteers as possible on October 12th for a special Domestic Violence Awareness Month ‘jewellery party’. Call Liz on 281-344-5774 for more information.


  1. Children who experience domestic violence need help to be overcome the trauma they have experienced and break the cycle of violence – learn about simple things you can do to support them here – https://changingmindsnow.org/healing


  1. Create a care package for a survivor of domestic violence or their child – personal toiletries, a new toy, some candy, brand new pillow cases, towels and sheets are all essentials that our shelter residents need throughout the year.


  1. Challenge your perception. Abuse isn’t always physical. It can be emotional, financial, spiritual, verbal, sexual, even digital. To learn more, click here: http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/


  1. Decorate! Tie a purple ribbon on a tree in your yard or put a purple themed wreath in your yard to show that you stand with survivors of domestic violence.


  1. Ask your pastor, priest, rabbi or community leaders if they have the information they need to help someone in an abusive relationship. Direct them to our website if they need to know more about the services available locally.


  1. Sharing is caring – share social media content from us and other national and local domestic violence agencies. You never know who might need to read it.


  1. Support our Junior Fashionista Fall Fashion Show on October 21st – these young volunteers work with us to learn about retail and fashion while raising awareness of our work. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in our work!