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As Thought Leaders it is our responsibility to turn ideas into reality. Together we can raise awareness surrounding Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this October.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence.
The Dirty Laundry of Domestic Violence

The shirts pictured above were created as part of the Clothesline Project in which Jewish Family Service of Seattle's Project DVORA participants depicted their experiences as survivors of domestic violence. All too often, women are encouraged to keep their abuse a secret, to hide their experiences, to feel ashamed of what happened. By making these shirts, women were encouraged to "air the dirty laundry" and put the shame where it belongs - on those who perpetrated the domestic violence. jfs seattle

The Clothesline is about women reclaiming their lives and finding the courage to survive. It exposes a side of life that for too long has remained a silent and destructive force. The goal is to create change on all levels; personally, politically and culturally. It makes clear that violence against women is not acceptable.

AJFCA will publish thought pieces from our Network relating to
Domestic Violence
throughout the month of October.
Contact Megan to submit material.