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: DVAM Chalkboard
Freedom of Speech wall located on the Downtown Mall
9:00am – 4:00pm

Staff and volunteers share messages of hope for survivors and offer resources to those experiencing domestic violence.

October 1: 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 82 victims in our community who lost their lives at the hands of an abuser since 1979.

October 2: Purple Purse Campaign Begins
Online Fundraising Campaign
12 noon

An exciting online fundraising opportunity helping to support life-changing programs like the Shelter for Help in Emergency while drawing attention to issues surrounding domestic violence and financial abuse, a common barrier to a victim’s ability to escape their abuser. The Purple Purse Challenge brings together non-profits dedicated to helping domestic violence victims for a friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds for their program. The top 3 fundraisers in each division (based on budget and size) are awarded grand prizes up to $100,000 OVER what they’ve already raised. Last year with the support of over 100 generous donors, the Shelter for Help in Emergency was able to raise over $17,000 and place 8th in the nation for Division 2 non-profits.

October 14: Selfless Sunday

Donate your time, money, or an in-kind donation to your local domestic violence program. Share and encourage others to donate by posting on social media using the hashtag #selflesssunday

October 18: Purple Thursday

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

October 19: Learning to Cope After Losing a Loved One to Domestic Violence
Shelter for Help in Emergency’s Community Outreach Center

Join us as we hear how one family has learned to cope and become activists after their family member was murdered by her abuser.

October 26 & 27: Mock Stars Ball
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

In Honor Of Whitney French, a benefit for the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

October 31: Purple Purse Campaign Ends
Online Fundraising Campaign

This is the last day you can donate to the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s Purple Purse online fundraising campaign and help us try to win over $100,000 of what has already been donated.

Mondays in October (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29): Steak out for Charity
Sedona Taphouse
Lunch and Dinner

Each Monday in October, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sedona Taphouse will host their Steak Out for Charity event to benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency. During lunch and dinner, you can get an 8oz. Black Angus Flat Iron Steak for only $6 (normally $18.90) and Sedona will donate $1 back to the Shelter.

November 3: 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 2 (8:30am – 6:30pm) at the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s Community Outreach Center.