National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Photo by National Network to End Domestic Violence
Learn how to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On average, about three women are killed daily by a partner or former partner in the United States, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. NNEDV defines domestic violence as “a pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors that one former or current intimate partner uses against the other.”

One of NNEDV’s missions is to make the issue domestic abuse a national priority. The organization has a lot planned to help raise awareness and get people involved for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October.

NNEDV will be hosting its annual Week of Action from Oct. 19 to Oct. 23. The week includes several ways supporters can contribute to the efforts of both raising awareness and ending domestic abuse. NNEDV outlined what’s in store for the week on its website:

  • Monday, October 19 – Talk to a Friend about Domestic Violence
  • Tuesday, October 20 – Join our Twitter chat on DV & Housing at 3 PM (EST)
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Donate to or Volunteer with NNEDV, your State/Territory Coalition, or Local Program
  • Thursday, October 22 – Wear Purple for #PurpleThursday
  • Friday, October 23 – Call on Congress for Common-Sense Gun Legislation

Oct. 22 is NNEDV’s national #PurpleThursday thunderclap. Purple represents domestic violence awareness, so the organization is encouraging people to take photos of themselves wearing purple and to share those photos using the hashtag #PurpleThursday.

Everyday in October, NNEDV will be sharing personal stories of domestic violence survivors. Follow NNEDV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ to stay up to date.

To get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit For information on NNEDV, visit

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