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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time for all Iowans to come together, recognize and support the stories and experiences of individuals who have been impacted by intimate partner violence.

Domestic violence is a public health issue with serious consequences for individuals, families and communities. We must use our collective strength and work together to support survivors.

This year’s theme, Community Support + Action = Social Change, is an invitation to do your part and support survivors in your community. You can do this through awareness activities; community organizing; resource sharing; attending our Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute; participating in our
Catrín and Catrina Contests (Concurso de Catrín y Catrinas); or volunteering with your local victim service program.

Get involved this October!

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Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute

Join us at our Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tribute at La Placita on East Grand Avenue in Des Moines on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

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DV 101: Iowa Overview

Domestic violence is a public health issue with serious consequences for individuals, families, and communities. Click here to see our DV 101:
Iowa overview


No Survivor Justice without
Racial Justice

Domestic violence is linked to all forms of violence. To end domestic violence, we must dismantle anti-Blackness, other types of racism, discrimination, & structures that perpetuate oppression. 
Click here to learn more.


Catrín and Catrina Contests (Concurso de Catrín y Catrinas)

Participate in our Catrín and Catrina Contests (Concurso de Catrín y Catrinas). There are two ways to participate - online or in-person at our Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tribute.

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Find Your Local Program

Our network of 22 statewide victim service providers have advocates in all 99 Iowa counties to assist survivors of crime. Click here to connect with your local program.


#1 Thing Social Media Toolkit

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) developed a unified message around #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities' collective “#1Things” can lead to real social transformation. 
Click here to utilize the #1 Thing Social Media Toolkit.

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CSP Social Media Takeovers

Learn more about our Culturally Specific Programs all month long when they each take over ICADV's social media channels for 24 hours!
Click here to view the schedule.



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Support Our Work

Your support ensures that we have the funding to continue the vital work of preventing and ending domestic violence in Iowa. 
Click here to make a donation.


Latinx Parenting Professionals Intensive

We are excited to announce a training opportunity with
Latinx Parenting, a bilingual organization rooted in children's
rights, social and racial justice and antiracism. 

We will be adding more information, events, activities and resources here so bookmark this page to check in throughout the month of October! Questions? Please contact Lindsay at lindsayp@icadv.org.