Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you need help: Call Community Resource Center’s 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-633-1112. If you are in danger, call 911.

Domestic violence was a problem long before COVID-19, but isolating at home has caused an increase of abuse. The impact of COVID-19 has made the need for support and services for those experiencing domestic abuse more critical than ever. Join us throughout the month of October to raise awareness by sharing information that can help those who are experiencing violence in their relationships. Because for them, staying home isn’t safe.

What you can do:

  • Connect people to help:  Reach out and do it in a way that is safe for them.  So be sure to ask because for some, text is best, for others, a call or messaging through, for example, an online game is best since the abusive partner may not look there. If you or someone you know is being abused contact the CRC Domestic Violence Hotline at: (877) 633-1112.
  • Believe:  Reassure them they are not alone and you will be there for them.  Your ongoing support is so important to isolated people.
  • Safety Plan:  Help them think through what dangerous situations may arise and how they might respond.  Also encourage them to call a hotline – CRC’s Domestic Violence Hotline at (877) 633-1112 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline  at (800) 799-7233.  Advocates are there to help.
  • Share: Share CRC’s video that contains information on resources … the more people who know about our programs, the more people we can help. You can also share our social media post below to spread the word.


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors in a romantic or intimate relationship that is intended to establish an unequal balance of power and control. Domestic violence is an epidemic, affecting people in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.

Every 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Domestic Violence in San Diego
  • There were 17,434 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in San Diego County, a one percent decrease from the prior year. Source: SANDAG
  • There were 13 domestic violence homicide victims of which the suspect was a current or former intimate partner and there were 4 other homicide victims (e.g. family member, new boyfriend, bystander) who died during domestic violence incidents. There were 5 offenders who died by suicide. Source: County of San Diego DVFRT

Not to Be Forgotten – Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Victims (2019)

Domestic Violence Incidents – SANDAG Report


Education & Virtual Trainings

Our prevention educators are available to give virtual presentations and workshops to groups of youth and adults in our community who wish to learn more about the issues surrounding domestic violence, how to see the warning signs of abusive relationships and how to connect with professional resources at CRC and our other partner organizations. For more information, contact Jani Sepanik, CRC Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Manager, at


Virtual Domestic Violence Awareness Events in October

San Diego Domestic Violence Council Opening Event “Together We Heal” 

Thursday, October 1  |  12:00 – 1:30 pm
Please join the San Diego Domestic Violence Council on Thursday October 1st at 12pm as they present “Together We Heal” to launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020. The event is free and no registration is required!

Learn more
View event flyer


Teen Dating Violence 101: Tools and Resources to Support our Youth (English & Spanish)

Wednesday, October 7  |  1-2 pm & 5-6 pm
Join us for a free virtual training about teen dating violence, geared for all school staff, teens, and parents.

Register here


Trauma, Mental Health, Substance Use and Family Violence: What are the Connections?

Thursday, October 8  |  9:00 am – 10:30 am
Key Note Speaker Dr. Carole Warshaw, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Register here


Etapas de Valor / Stages of Courage Play

Thursday, October 8  |  4:00 – 5:30 pm and Thursday, October 22  |  10:00 – 11:30 am
A Production of Teatro Mascara Magica

Learn more


Purple Thursday

Thursday, October 22
Show off your purple with a selfie, filter, or new profile pic! Join the domestic violence movement in this annual tradition of honoring how hard we all have worked to shed light on domestic violence, reduce stigma, advocate for survivors, and work for greater safety and equity.


View the full list of events on the San Diego Domestic Violence Council’s website


Connect & Share

View and share our video:

Social media sample post:

For the 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experiencing relationship violence, home is not a safe place.  Join me this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to stop domestic violence. Learn more at: If you need help: Call Community Resource Center’s 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-633-1112. If you are in danger, call 911. @SanDiegoCRC #DVAM

Download Domestic Violence Awareness Flyer


Virtual Meeting Background:

You can update your Zoom or other virtual background to help spread awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To download, click on the image, right click and save image.


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