October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) each year – a month to celebrate survivors, to honor those who have not survived, to highlight current programs and services, and focus efforts on ending domestic and intimate partner violence in our community.
Every day, our department responds to domestic disturbance calls for service which can range from verbal disagreements to horrific life threatening assaults. Domestic violence offenders have the potential to be some of the most dangerous offenders that we encounter, with some of the most complex victim and family dynamics.
Sauvie Island Coffee Company- 14647 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Starbucks- 8400 SW Nimbus Avenue, Beaverton, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
October 11- Gathering of Hope: Raising our Community Voices to Support Domestic Violence Survivors
Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
County-wide community event to raise awareness, honor survivors and remember those whose lives have been lost to domestic violence.
Program will include emcees Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton and Family Justice Center Executive Director Rachel Schutz, domestic violence survivor speaker, county-wide Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation reading and candle lighting, and live music.
On-site food trucks, coffee and donuts, and community resource tabling.
October 20- Wear Purple Day
Wear purple to raise awareness about domestic violence and intimate partner violence and to show your support for survivors in our community. Take a selfie or group photo and post it to social media using #EndDV
Throughout the month of October, Messages of Hope for domestic violence survivors will be displayed in the Beaverton Public Safety Center lobby. These messages have been created by survivors, Beaverton Police Department personnel, and community members throughout Beaverton and Washington County. Similar displays are located in the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, other law enforcement agencies, and community based partner domestic violence service agencies.
For more information on these events, follow these social media pages: @BeavertonPoliceDepartment, @ForestGrovePD @HillsboroPD, @KingCityPD, @SherwoodPolice @TigardPolice, @TualatinPolice, @WashCoDA, @WCSOCornelius, @WCSOOregon