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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


This is a time to raise awareness by holding events in memory of those who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers. It is also a time to celebrate all survivors of intimate partner violence.

Here are some local events taking place in the area that you can participate in. 

Thank you for lending a voice for those that cannot always speak for themselves.

What is Domestic Violence?      
2013 DV-related homicides      
NC Proclamation

Download a printer friendly version  2013 DV Awareness Month.pdf


10/03               7th Annual Interfaith DV Candlelight Vigil
6:30 PM                               
                          Beatties Ford Regional Library
                          2412 Beatties Ford Road
                          Charlotte, NC  28216
                          Annual candlelight vigil honoring the fallen victims killed by their intimate 
                                 partners in the State of North Carolina over the past year. 
                                 (2013 DV-related homicides)

                                 Contact Glencie for more details at


10/04               Beards BeCAUSE Clean Shaven Kickoff
7:00 PM                                
                          NoDa Brewing Company
                                 2229 N. Davidson St.
                                 Charlotte, NC 28205

                          Proceeds benefit Safe Alliance's Domestic Violence Shelter   


10/05               R.A.D. Charlotte Benefit Concert Series 
7:00 PM                    (Rock Against Domestic Violence)                               
                          McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
                                345 N. College St.
                                Charlotte, NC 28202
                                The voices of victims, survivors, advocates and supporters will be heard on  
                                Oct 5th. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square in downtown Charlotte at the 
                                inaugural R.A.D. Charlotte benefit concert to launch domestic violence 
                                awareness month. (
                                TICKETS: $12.50 at McGlohon Theater Box Office
10/06              "I Believe You: Faiths’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence”
5:00 PM                   Film Screening followed by discussion with clergy
                         Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts, Shalom Park
                               5007 Providence Road
                               Charlotte, NC 28226   

                               “I Believe You” is a nationally acclaimed documentary that explores the 
                               stories of survivors of abuse and the response of faith groups to address 
                               their needs. Film screening will be followed by discussion with clergy.

                               Sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries, Shalom Bayit, Levine-Sklut Judaic 
                               Library, Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Federation of Greater 
                               Charlotte and Jewish Family Services. 
                               Free to the general public.
                               For information contact or call 704-364-6594.

10/10               Domestic Violence March
12:15P – 12:45P       In response to the 2nd & 3rd “Intimate Partner Homicide” of 2013   

                               Trade & Tryon Streets

                               Police identified one victim as Marcia Marie Winningham, 43. They have 
                               arrested her estranged husband.
                               The second victim, Mara Garcia, 36 was found dead and dismembered in a car. 
                               The police found her boyfriend dead. They have determined this case as a murder-
                               The march is intended to broaden the public’s awareness that help is available, 
                               including programs and services offering safety planning.
                               For more information contact Mike Sexton at 704-432-1568.

10/11               Domestic Violence At The Workplace
8:30A – 4:30P           2013 Charlotte Summit           

                               The Employers Association
                               3020 West Arrowood Rd..
                               Charlotte, NC 28273
                               Join business leaders and advocates for a day long summit that offers 
important ‘how to” practices toward developing a domestic violence 
                               protocol.  Who should attend? Human Resource Professionals, Security 
                               Directors, Legal Counsel and Employee Assistance Professionals. 
                               CEU and CLE credits. All proceeds benefit Safe Alliance.
                               REGISTRATION is now open. (click REGISTRATION for form)

                               For more information call Safe Alliance at 704-367-2799 or email 

10/12               3rd Annual "Steps for Change" 

8:00A – 10:00A         Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run
                                - Registration opens at 7:30A 

                                Alexander Graham Middle School track
                                1800 Runnymede Lane
                                Charlotte, NC 28211
                                Registration is $10. Visit to pre-register. 
                                Join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County 
                                District Attorney's office as they host this Walk/Run. This event is to bring 
                                awareness to domestic violence, which is all too often an unspoken problem. 
                                All proceeds will benefit Safe Alliance. The Walk/Run will also feature 
                                giveaways, music and refreshments.  Participants can form teams. The largest 
                                team to register will win an award.  
                                REGISTRATION is now open. 

10/14               DV SNAPSHOT: 
A Community Conversation
6:00P – 8:00P          presented by the Domestic Violence Advisory Board (DVAB)         

                        Levine Museum of the New South
                              200 East 7th St.
                              Charlotte, NC 28202
                              This event will focus on providing the community of Charlotte a  
                              SNAPSHOT of what domestic violence looks like within our area & within 
                              a 24 hour survey data collection period. The SNAPSHOT is a synopsis of 
                              the DVAB's annual report, only broken into a week’s time.
                              This count is designed to collect an unduplicated, non-invasive count of 
                              adults and children who received critical services from local domestic 
                              violence programs during a 24-hour survey period.
                              The DVAB has collaborated with Johnson C. Smith University to collect 
                              data and present data findings during the event (data presentation) which 
                              will lead into a panel discussion.  Panelists are members from the 
                              community that serve as experts within the DV population.
                              Register online at Eventbrite.

10/15             15th Annual ASIS #65 Golf Tournament
8:00 AM Range       presented by the ASIS #65 Greater Charlotte Chapter
10:00 AM Shotgun 

                       Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
                             7500 Olde Sycamore Dr .
                             Mint Hill, NC 28227

                             Celebrity golf tournament benefitting the domestic violence programs and    
                             services of the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services 
                             Women’s Commission.
                             Contact Thomas Vidak for tee times and sponsorships 


10/17            Remembering Recent Victims
7:00 PM                A Candlelight vigil presented by Mothers of Murdered Offspring

                       Fraser Park
                       1201 West 4th Street Ext.
                       Charlotte, NC 28202

                             Mothers of Murdered Offspring, CMPD's Homicide Support Group, and the 
                             Mecklenburg County CSS Women's Commission will hold a candlelight vigil in 
                             honor of two recent domestic violence homicide victims; Marcia Winningham, 43 
                             and Mara Garcia, 36.

                             For details contact Judy Williams at 704-334-5056 
                             or Mike Sexton at 704-900-9346.

10/19            2nd Annual End The Silence Photography Exhibit

6:30 PM                presented by PEARLS for Creative Healing & hip chick Photography

                       Industry Charlotte

                             305 West Morehead St.
                             Charlotte, NC 28202
                            This year's photography Exhibit will continue the legacy of women ending the 
                            silence and telling their stories of surviving domestic violence through 
                            powerful photographs and written accounts. 

                            Live Latin Jazz, Dessert & Wine Reception. $25. 

                            For event information contact or call 704-817-8793.

10/27            Parent Workshop:
Help your Tweens & Teens Feel Safe

                       Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts, Shalom Park
                             5007 Providence Road
                             Charlotte, NC 28226

                             Learn about prevention of dating abuse; the world of cyberabuse and textual 
                             harassment; the red flags of abuse; and what you can do to help.

                             Sponsored by LoveSpeaksOut, Jewish Family Services and Shalom Bayit.

                             Free admission, but space is limited.

                             Please RSVP to or cal1 704-364-6594.

Please call 704-432-1568 with any questions or need for clarification.

Need help with your event?

Check out the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau to arrange a speaker at your event.

Call 704-432-1568 to reserve a Silent Witness silhouette for your event.

Call 704-432-1568
today for help with your event.

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