October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and throughout the month, crisis centers in New Hampshire are hosting several events to raise awareness about domestic violence and educate their local communities about the resources available to survivors.
Take action during DVAM and attend an event in your area! We all have a role to play in ending abuse in New Hampshire!
Sunday 10/1, 9:00 am Kelly Mann Memorial 5k Run & 3k Walk Mines Falls/Nashua High School South
While 2023 marks the final Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run & 3K Walk, they're proud to say that this this event has raised over $300,000 for Bridges as they provide free, confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As they look toward the future, they're reimagining what it means to honor Kelly’s legacy by creating the Kelly Mann Memorial Fund which will grant an annual scholarship to a Bridges’ client to further their education. Kelly loved her kids, the community, and bettering herself and her family through educational opportunities, making the creation of this fund a natural next step in celebrating her.
Whether you want to run the 5K or walk the 3K you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly event!
Wednesday 10/4, 4:30 pm Walk a Mile in Their Shoes (WAM) Main St. Concord, NH (State House Arches) Every October on the first Wednesday of the month, the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire hosts Walk a Mile in Their Shoes (WAM). WAM is a light-hearted event to raise awareness about very serious issues – domestic, sexual, and gender violence. We walk to show solidarity, support survivors, and to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County. Friendly, furry friends are welcome! One thing we always look forward to at Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is the shoes – pumps, platforms, stilettos, knee-high boots, sneakers, flip flops and even flats. You can wear whatever works for you!
Wednesday 10/25, 10;00 am October Educator Roundtable Virtual
CCCNH will also be hosting a virtual community listening session for all educators in Merrimack County to discuss student responses to domestic/dating and sexual violence in their school communities. They are focusing on engaging in trauma-informed responses as well as filling any gaps in education for the professionals and their schools. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this virtual event.
Saturday 10/5, 7:30 am EmpowerHER Breakfast 2023 Manchester Country Club
The EmpowerHER breakfast is an annual event Reach has had for over a decade. They hold it at the beginning of each October to kick off domestic violence awareness month, however in recent years it has evolved to a much broader event focused on their growing programs.
Every year at the event, they showcase their programs and honor a woman in the community who is making a difference through empowerment for women and girls by their contributions.
Wednesday 10/25, 6:30 pm Dare to Speak YWCA New Hampshire in Manchester
YWCA NH, UNH, MCC, SNHU, and Saint Anselm College invite you to "Dare to Speak" where survivors and allies are invited to an open mic night to share their experience through monologue, poetry, dance, music or in a way they are comfortable. Come to join or support a friend!
RSVP's are appreciated but not required to attend the event.
Saturday 10/14, 2:00 pm 11th Annual RiverFire 5k Service Credit Union Heritage Park
This year the event is both in person and virtual. Participants can run/walk the certified course in person on October 14th or choose to do the event virtually by dedicating a 3.1-mile (5K) run/walk/hike on a course of choosing any time. All net proceeds from this event
"In person" participants will run or walk a flat and fast, certified 5k (3.1 miles) course along the picturesque Androscoggin River ending their race at Berlin's annual RiverFire Celebration featuring music, mouthwatering food and drinks, and activities for the entire family. "Virtual" participants will dedicate a 3.1 mile run/walk or hike (does not have to be exact and does not have to be done all at once) on a course and time of their choosing in support of Response.
Wednesday 10/4, 7:00 pm SHARPP @ The Freedom Cafe's Open Mic Night The Freedom Café, Durham Stop by the Freedom Cafe's open mic night to listen, perform, learn, and connect with others. The event runs from 7-10pm and sign-ups begin at 6:30pm. The Freedom Café is a non-profit specialty café in downtown Durham dedicated to ending human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of all people.
Friday 10/6, 7:00 am Survivors and Allies Day Hike Hedgehog Mountain
This is a collaborative event hosted by SHARPP & OA as part of their Relationship Abuse Awareness Month programming. This hike will not serve as a formal processing space; attending does not mean you will be expected to share your story or survivor identity. Rather, the goal is to be in community with one another and to find safety, joy, and healing in nature.
Thursday 10/12, 8:00 pm (rain-date Thursday 10/19) Take Back the Night T-Hall Lawn at UNH
Join them for their largest student-led event of the year! Every October the UNH community hosts a night filled with interactive awareness-raising activities, a community call to action, student speakers & activists, a candlelight vigil, and open mic time for people impacted by any form of interpersonal violence (sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and harassment) to share.
10/17-10/31, All day Clothesline Project Display Dimond Library
Stop by the Dimond Library to view their clothesline project display & recommended books + podcasts resource table. SHARPP's clothesline project display dates back to the late '90s/early 2000s, with a large collection of shirts made by and for survivors. Today, the project serves as a way for survivors and their loved ones to share their stories, express their feelings, and raise awareness around interpersonal violence (IPV).
Tuesday 10/3, evening Foundations of Gender Based Violence Training WISE Program Center
The fall session of Foundations of Gender-based Violence begins on Tuesday, October 3rd. Sessions will be in person on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and introduces the cultural foundations of gender-based violence. They reflect on their history, current norms, and explore the realities of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.
This training is recommended for all community members interested in understanding their work, becoming a volunteer, or simply curious about how and why gender-based violence exists.
The 12 member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provide services regardless of gender,age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status or religious or political affiliation.
Funding for this website was provided by The Corporate Fund. New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence PO Box 353, Concord, NH 03302-0353 (603) 224-8893