The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated.
The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance. These efforts include campaigns that address the victimization of women throughout their lifespan.
The voices, leadership and expertise of survivors who have been abused are critical and necessary components of these campaigns. To change belief systems and practices that support violence and abuse the DVAP recognizes that women and other marginalized people are disproportionately affected, and the participation of the entire community in building social intolerance towards domestic violence is crucial.
We use our diverse and collective voice to:
Promote safe, respectful and equitable relationships
Increase survivors' access to support systems that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, including access to faith-based services
Foster programming that is responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community, as well as survivors of abuse in later life, Deaf or Hard of Hearing (HoH) survivors, and those with disabilities
In 1995, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) met with several national domestic violence organizations to intentionally communicate, support, and share awareness and education efforts across organization. Originally this group focused on sharing and supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) efforts. This collaborative effort became the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP).
Today the group focuses on shifting awareness to action to create social change all year long. Not only has the DVAP's vision grown, but members now consist of a multi-disciplinary and diverse group of national, state, and local organizations, as well as individual advocates.
Original DVAP members were the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and later the National Network to End Domestic Violence.