In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) invites Survivors, advocates, service providers, community members, and Tribal leaders to join us in breaking the silence and raise awareness of domestic violence/intimate partner violence in New Mexico tribal communities.
What is Domestic violence? It is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that include physical, sexual, verbal and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.
These learned behaviors have been intensified by acts of colonization and the imposition of hierarchy and foreign belief systems on Native peoples. These unnatural learned behaviors of power and control includes: using male privilege, isolation, intimidation, emotional abuse, minimizing, lying and blaming, sexual abuse, using children, economic abuse, coercion and threats, cultural abuse, ritual abuse and physical abuse.
We know that more than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3%) and men (81.6%) have experienced violence in their lifetime. In that, 56% of AI/AN women and 43.2% of AI/AN men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. At the same time, Native youth are exposed to violence in different sectors of their lives. In addition, our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives and disabled relatives also fall victim to domestic violence.
This DVAM, CSVANW invites you to join the movement to break the silence and build a safe and healthy generation. We also invite you to honor and support the Cycle Breakers in our lives and communities who continue to advocate for survivors and community. Especially our Cycle Breakers who are dismantling Indigenous invisibility in spaces that we have long been overlooked and not represented.
There are so many ways to breaking the silence this DVAM and forward. As a start be sure you follow and re-share our posts on social media. Scroll down and you will find some ways you can get involved with CSVANW this DVAM. Be sure to look into community and see what DVAM events that are out there for you to get involved in.
Together, we can break the silence and build a safe and healthy generation!
#DVAM2021 #BreakTheSilence #HonorCycleBreakers #BreakCyclesBuildGens
Thursday, October 21, 2021
#PurpleThursday is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and an easy way for people to show their commitment to promoting healthy relationships.
Please join the movement, wear purple, be a voice, & start a conversation about domestic violence!
DVAM Instagram Challenge
Begins October 3rd, 2021
There are many ways to get involved this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), CSVANW invites advocates, Survivors, supporters, and all to get involved on Instagram. Break the silence by responding to daily prompts in creative ways for you to raise awareness & education community. Together, let’s break the silence and build a healthy generation.
A winner will be determined by who ever responses the most to the DVAM daily prompts.
Breaking Silence, Building Generation Discussion Series
Breaking Silence: DV & IPV in Tribal Communities
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
We will be discussing the cycles of domestic violence and intimate partner violence with focus on tribal communities in New Mexico. Next, we want to honor cycle breakers and provide resources on how to support victims, survivors, and cycle breakers. More information coming soon!
Building Generation: Healthy Families
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
1PM – 2PM (MDT)
We will be discussing the dynamics of a healthy family, building towards a healthy family, and boundaries. We want to be able to provide a discussion on how families can break cycles of domestic violence and intimate partner violence with a focus on strengths from tribal communities.
I Will Run for Them virtual 5K
October 23rd & 24th, 2021
Registration is Closed!
Our annual I Will Run for Them virtual 5K Run/Walk & 1K Kid awareness run honors the resilience, strength & spirit of our Native relatives impacted by domestic violence. We go virtual again this year to support the health of our communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Like last year, participants will have two days (October 23rd & 24th, 2021) to complete a 5K run, jog, walk and/or any form of movement that they are able to and have access to in their home community connecting with the land that cares for them. LEARN MORE
Domestic Violence & Advocacy in New Mexico Tribal Communities
Thursday, October 7, 2021
This training will focus on the general dynamics of domestic violence and intimate partner violence (IPV), Safe & Together Model, and advocacy in tribal communities.
This training is tailored to support and inform our members and New Mexico service providers who work with survivors of DV/IPV (victim advocates, law enforcement, judicial staff, counselors, social workers, and others in related fields of work).
Land Violence is Body Violence: Confronting Colonization, Extractive Industries, & MMIW
Thursday, October 21, 2021
This workshop will focus on how extractive industries on the Navajo Nation perpetuates violence against Native women and the missing and murdered crisis in the Four Corners region and border town areas. Additionally, we will also discuss the dynamics of man-camps and sex trafficking on or near Native communities that have targeted women, girls, transgender, 2-spirit, and male relatives.
Please download and share the graphics below on your social media platforms to spread awareness. Please tag CSVANW in your posts.
More DVAM graphics coming soon!