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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THRIVES IN SILENCE.  To support and help victims and survivors, and to prevent domestic violence in the future, we all need to normalize it by talking openly about it.  Because 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced  domestic violence, it is likely that everyone knows someone who has been affected by domestic violence.

This October, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DVCC  hopes to shine a light on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic. We are offering a range of initiatives and activities for the public to help educate and inform people about domestic violence and how to find help.

How can  you help? Join us! show  your support for victims and survivors by following our social media accounts and sharing our content with your own networks throughout the month. Use the hashtags #Every1knowsSome1 and #loveequalsrespect.

DVCC’s Schedule of DVAM 2021 Events and Initiatives



Local government officials will hold proclamations for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The public is encouraged to attend as a show of support around this issue: 

  • Friday, October 1st 8:30am, New Canaan Proclamation at New Canaan High School  
  • Monday, October 4th 10am, Wilton Proclamation at Wilton Town Hall  
  • Tuesday, October 5th 12pm, Stamford Proclamation at Stamford Government Center 
  • Wednesday, October 6th 10am, Norwalk Proclamation at Norwalk City Hall 
  • Thursday, October 7th 2pm, Weston Proclamation at Weston Town Hall 
  • Thursday, October 7th 3pm, Westport Town Hall
  • Thursday, October 14th 8am, Darien Proclamation at NEAT in Darien

Coffee Shop Outreach 

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is partnering with local coffee shops to use custom coffee sleeves to bring awareness of domestic violence and available resources. Stop by the following shops on Thursday, October 14th and show off our coffee sleeves while drinking your coffee!  

Participating shops:  

  • Allora- Norwalk
  • Adirondack Store- New Canaan
  • Café Dolce- Norwalk 
  • Café Oo La La- Stamford 
  • Connecticut Coffee & Grill- Wilton  
  • Connecticut Muffin- New Canaan
  • Dimare Pastry Shop- Stamford 
  • Dolce- New Canaan
  • Garelick & Herbs- Westport  
  • Greenology- New Canaan
  • Humbled- Stamford  
  • Kneads- Westport 
  • Lorca- Stamford 
  • Mike’s Deli- Norwalk
  • NEAT – Darien 
  • Nora’s Ovenworks- Stamford
  • Patisserie Salzburg- New Canaan
  • SONO Baking Company- Norwalk & Darien  
  • Starbucks- Wilton
  • Turning Point Coffee & Wine Bar- Stamford
  • Tusk & Cup – Wilton
  • Winfield Street Coffee- Stamford & Westport 
  • Zumbachs- New Canaan 

Purple Thursday

Purple Thursday is October 21st. On this national day of awareness, individuals around the nation wear purple, the color for domestic violence awareness. Make sure to post on social media, tag us, and say why you are wearing purple! Use the hashtags #DVAM and #PurpleThursday

Friday, October 22nd 6:30pm: DVCC’s Harvest Fest, click here for details. 

Saturday, October 23rd 9:45am The Bar Method Fundraiser, Darien 

Thursdays, October 7th, 14th, & 21st 6-7pm: Join this Stamford book club that will be meeting weekly this October at Nora’s Ovenworks, to discuss the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity. Click here for more details.

DVCC’s Educational Workshops

Would you know how to help a friend experiencing domestic violence? DVCC will facilitate a series of educational workshops throughout the month to teach adults about the dynamics around domestic violence including how to recognize the signs of abuse and how to help someone experiencing domestic violence. Here is the full schedule.  

See Something, Say Something: Bystander Intervention for Adults- in person

  • Tuesday, October 5th 9:30am
  • Sponsored by DVCC, New Canaan Cares, New Canaan Abuse Prevention Partnership, and the Town of New Canaan. 
  • More information & to register, click here. 

Norwalk Public Library 4-part DVAM workshop series- virtual

  • Wednesday, October 6th 6pm: Healthy Relationships During COVID 
  • Wednesday, October 13th 6pm: Relationship Red Flags: Spotting Unhealthy Behaviors in a Relationship
  • Wednesday, October 20th 6pm: “Why don’t they leave?”: Understanding the Complexities of Domestic Violence
  • Wednesday, October 27th 6pm: Hear Something, Say Something: Bystander Intervention

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

When STOP Doesn’t Work: What is the impact on our children? – virtual 

  • Monday, October 18th 7PM
  • Sponsored by the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force, Westport Library, and Westport Human Services 
  • Click here to register to watch virtually or for more details!

It Happens Here: What to Know and How to Help Children Experiencing Domestic Violence- virtual

Friday, October 29 12pm


  • Georgette Harrison, LPC, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
  • Ann Rodwell-Lawton, MSW, Domestic Violence Crisis Center
  • Captain Rob Cipolla, Wilton Police Department

Sponsored by: Wilton Social Services & Youth Services, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Police Department, DVCC, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, and the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force.

Click here to register and for more details.

Month Long Initiatives

Library Outreach

Novels can be a powerful way to learn about the dynamics around domestic violence. Local libraries will feature a display of books that have stories of domestic violence as part of the plot. Click here to download our discussion guide for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity. Consider hosting a book club for the month and start this important conversation with friends. Look for these book displays/lists at the public libraries in Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Weston, and Westport!

Love = Respect in the Windows 

Local businesses and organizations will be displaying a small window sticker with an important message about respect and a scannable QR code that links to DVCC’s website.

Police Cruiser Magnets

Be on the lookout for police cruisers in Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Wilton and Weston displaying our DVAM magnets throughout the month.


The Norwalk Library will display purple pinwheels for the month in the main branch’s Rose Garden honoring Divya Misra, a beloved employee of the library who was murdered by her husband in May of this year. Pinwheels are also on display in their South Norwalk location. One pinwheel represents 10 Norwalk residents who received services from the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Fiscal Year 2021. 140 pinwheels will be displayed at both locations.

Other Events

Nora’s Ovenworks in Stamford –Buy DVCC cookie and support DVAM. Nora’s Ovenworks is also hosting a book club for Big Little Lies. The book club is open to the public, and will use DVCC’s book discussion guide.

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