DVAM 2014: Highlights
Theme for 2014: Domestic Violence Awareness Month-Lights! Camera! Action!
Our Goal: To raise awareness about how the portrayal of domestic violence in mainstream media (focusing on film) reinforces myths about survivors and perpetrators. We hoped to call attention to how intimate relationships are presented and give audiences tools to identify characters’ entitlement and misuse of power.
Thanks to all of you who participated in activities during Domestic Violence Awareness Month! 2014’s goal of increasing media literacy was met with enthusiasm, and we’ve received great feedback from around Colorado and beyond!
April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM, activists from around the country and Colorado seek to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is one of many tactics used by perpetrators of domestic violence, and nearly 1 in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
How will you raise awareness? Looking for ideas? Check out CCADV’s SAAM Calendar for statistics, definitions, and activities that you can use as posts on Facebook or Twitter or to create your own SAAM calendar.
For more ideas, visit Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Find out about events, explore their media guide, and even download custom SAAM Facebook cover pics!
More resources on SAAM and about sexual assault:
Child Abuse Prevention Month 2014
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The high co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence is undisputed. Further, even witnessing domestic violence leads children to exhibit symptoms and behaviors that mimic those who have been physically abused themselves.
- Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
- Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults
- 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
The most important element to help children progress in a positive way despite their history of/exposure to abuse, is a strong and nurturing relationship with a nonviolent parent. So this month, we’re focused on promoting the nurturing of children in our communities: Create Nurturing Children Pinwheel. Print out the worksheet and create your own!
Resource Guide and Activity Calendar
DVAM 2013: Highlights
For DVAM 2013, CCADV initiated a photo campaign on Facebook. We invited the voices of survivors, youth, and community members from around the state. In the end, 130 individuals throughout Colorado submitted photos. Here are just a few. Find more on our Facebook page.