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HAVEN has education, awareness, healing on tap for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and HAVEN of Oakland County has planned several events to raise awareness, provide education and facilitate healing.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (or DVAM) started in 1987 and has been recognized every October since. While much progress has been made over the past 30 years, there are still things that need to be done.

To that end, HAVEN is sponsoring and supporting several events to help facilitate healing, education and awareness in October – and beyond.

Resilience Art Show will run the entire month of October, and is a way to mark the month through the arts. Interpretive artwork made by HAVEN clients and supporters will be on display and presented at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 Cranbrook Road in Birmingham, for public viewing.

HAVEN is also supporting the Second Annual Southfield Domestic Violence Walk on Sunday, October 3 from 11am-2pm.

The first 500 people to register for the Walk will receive a free walker’s package mailed to their home, which includes a walk t-shirt, wrist band and face mask. The approximately 2 1⁄2-mile walk will begin and end on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Learn more and register at
HAVEN is also hosting two free webinars. Ethical Considerations in Working with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Empowering Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence with Trauma Informed Care. Free CEUs for social workers will be available for both webinar. 

  • On Oct. 1, attendees will join HAVEN from 12-1 p.m. to explore the importance of ethical considerations when working with survivors of intimate partner abuse. This webinar answers the question: What does self-determination really mean when the person you are working with is in a dangerous situation? To attend, email Cara Lynch, LMSW-Clinical at for details and registration.
  • On Oct. 26, attendees will join HAVEN from 1-2 p.m. for an informational webinar focused on empowering their clients by providing trauma-Informed care and a space that fosters resiliency and growth. For information or to register, email Shelby Nardone at
Domestic and intimate partner violence are importance issues that impact individuals and families across the globe. HAVEN’s work focuses on empowering individuals to discover their safety and worth every day, and every month throughout the year. For those looking for support, to get involved, volunteer or donate, visit
HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We provide shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to about 30,000 people per year. Our mission is to empower survivors to heal and engage all individuals and communities to address and prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence – ultimately eradicating it and healing those affected by its injustice.

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