The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance.
These efforts include campaigns that address the victimization of women throughout their lifespan. The voices, leadership and expertise of survivors who have been abused are acknowledged as critical and necessary components of these campaigns. To change belief systems and practices that support violence and abuse that disproportionately affects women and other marginalized people, the DVAP recognizes and promotes the participation of the entire community in building social intolerance towards domestic violence.
We use our diverse and collective voice to:
In 1995, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) convened several national domestic violence organizations – Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and later the National Network to End Domestic Violence – to launch a new effort to support domestic violence programs’ awareness and education efforts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), observed annually in October. This collaborative effort became the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP).