Each October, the Shelter for Help in Emergency recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) with a series of events designed to encourage conversation and bring attention to issues that touch our community as a whole, but are often hidden in secrecy.


It is a time to remember the victims who lives were taken too soon, to offer safety and support to those currently in abusive relationships, and to celebrate survivors who are now free from their abusers. We take time this month to acknowledge those who have dedicated their time and energy to helping end domestic violence, and remind people that domestic violence is a community problem — one that we all must take an active role in if we hope to make a lasting change.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

October 1-31: Social Media Conversation
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

The Shelter is hosting a social media conversation to help raise awareness of issues surrounding domestic/intimate partner violence, offer self-care tips, and engage with the community.  Each day during October, the Shelter will post on its social media platforms a conversation starter using a special hashtag created for that day of the week.  We encourage you to join in with your thoughts and invite others you know to take part in the conversation.  Look for us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

October 5 and 21: Spa Pampering Event
Flawless Beauty by Teresa
Times Vary

Flawless Beauty by Teresa is hosting two spa nights with proceeds benefiting the Shelter for Help in Emergency.  Stop by on October 5 from 10am-2pm and October 21 from 3:30pm-6:30pm to have your makeup done, a facial mask, or a charcoal treatment.  Photographers will be at the October 5 event.

October 7: Candlelight Vigil
Court Square Park
7:00pm – 8:00pm

This time is set aside to honor and remember victims and survivors of domestic violence. A reading of names will take place for the 83 victims in our community who lost their lives at the hands of an abuser since 1979.

October 20 and 27: Quilt Sale
First Presbyterian Church
9:30am – 1:00pm

First Presbyterian Church is hosting a Quilt Sale in their Fellowship Hall benefiting the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

October 23: Open House for Allied Professionals
Shelter for Help in Emergency Community Outreach Center
4:00pm - 6:00pm

For 40 years, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has worked to support and empower victims of domestic/intimate partner violence through a combination of trauma-informed residential and community-based outreach services, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety planning, information and referral, resource assistance, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, supportive counseling, outreach to the Spanish-speaking community, and programs for children and youth.

In honor of our 40th anniversary, the Shelter is hosting an Open House for Allied Professionals.  Stop by the office for a tour, meet the staff, and learn about the programs and services the Shelter has to offer!  

 October 24: Purple Thursday

Wear purple to show your support for survivors and for ending domestic violence. Share on social media using the hashtag #PurpleThursday

October 25 & 26: Mock Stars Ball
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

In Honor Of Whitney French, a benefit for the Shelter for Help in Emergency.  Tickets available at http://www.thesoutherncville.com/events/all

November 2: 5K Run/Walk for Shelter
Downtown Charlottesville

The run/walk begins on the Downtown Mall at 8am. Each participant receives a long sleeve cotton t-shirt and an opportunity to win one of our fabulous grab bag prizes. Online registration available at RunSignUp.com, download a form here, or pick one up at Ragged Mountain Running Shop. Packet pickup will be offered on November 1 (8:30am – 6:30pm) at the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s Community Outreach Center.