Annual Awareness Campaigns
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens and young adults: one in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they graduate high school, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. Every February, young people and their loved ones join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was created to promote awareness of the prevalence and effects of sexual assault. Throughout the month of April, Montgomery County Women’s Center participates in many activities with agencies and organizations in our community to promote awareness and support survivors of sexual assault.
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Elder abuse is a largely hidden and growing problem in the United States. It is defined by law as “an act or omission, which results in a serious physical or emotional injury to an elderly person or financial exploitation of an elderly person; or the failure, inability or resistance of an elderly person to provide for himself or herself one or more of the necessities essential for physical and emotional well-being without which the elderly person would be unable to safely remain in the community.” Elder abuse can include physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, and financial exploitation. Another form of elder abuse is self-neglect. Every June, advocates join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness during Elder Abuse Awareness Month. This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education on how to recognize the signs of elder abuse and support those who may be experiencing it.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Throughout the month of October, we will be joining the nation in promoting awareness of domestic violence with other agencies and organizations in our area. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) gives our community the opportunity to speak up against intimate partner violence that will only grow if we keep silent.
If you would like more information about how you can be involved or would like to share other opportunities with us, please contact the Outreach Manager: 936.441.4044 ext. 39