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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Doing the work that is necessary to be the change our community needs

By: Joseph Myers, youth program coordinator, DVN

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and we began by remembering the at least 16 individuals who lost their lives to domestic violence and intimate partner violence in Central Indiana during our annual Commemoration Ceremony. While this was a somber event, it was also a reminder that our work at the Domestic Violence Network to change the culture that leads to violence in our community is critical and ongoing. While DVAM is just as important now as it was when it started in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the way we approach, address and educate the community about issues in society that lead to domestic violence has evolved with the times. 

As the world quickly changes around us, we have been diligent to ensure our curriculum and our training sessions evolve with the times to address things like gender identities and the dangers of digital abuse as our world becomes more and more connected. At DVN, we believe in the power of our Network and the capacity it has to be the change our community needs to end domestic violence and teen dating violence. 

 Working in this field we encounter adults and students on a daily basis who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, and teen dating sexual violence. Over the past two weeks, our Youth Program worked with almost 200 students at Warren Central High School to teach them about healthy and unhealthy relationships, and ways someone can get help if needed.

 Our team also partnered with The Julian Center to present at the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy where we discussed teen dating violence in our communities and what we can do to help our students by being the advocates they need us to be. During this session, we had adults asking important questions about warning signs, seeking resources, and yearning to do their part in advocating for their school communities and teaching students to be advocates and participants as well.

 We are empowered by our Network and we know that TOGETHER, we can do the work that is necessary to be the change our community needs.

 Please continue to follow us on social media to stay up to date with everything that we do. And if you’re looking for a way to contribute to our movement, please consider getting your ticket to attend Night with the Network, our annual fundraiser being held on Oct. 25 at the Biltwell Event Center.