“Ending violence in the home is a national imperative that requires vigilance and dedication from every sector of our society. We must continue to stand alongside advocates, victim service providers, law enforcement, and our criminal justice system as they hold offenders accountable and provide care and support to survivors”- President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an important opportunity to refocus our nation’s efforts on the response to, and prevention of Domestic Violence. CALCASA stands alongside our President, The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, advocates and allies across the country in the work that must be done to eliminate violence against women.
In addition to our national PreventConnect and Campus Technical Assistance projects, which both address both sexual and domestic violence, CALCASA has been involved with the NO MORE project. As steering committee members of the No More Project, CALCASA is proud to be a part of this recently launched national campaign that creates a unifying symbol to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence.
On a statewide level, CALCASA through its Unifying Fields Project with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation is working with our sister Coalition, The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and California’s dual sexual and domestic violence programs to look at areas of intersection and developing promising practices for strengthening linkages between the two movements.
October is one more opportunity to collectively honor the survivors of domestic violence and the advocates who have dedicated their lives to improving systems and policies and to creating change!