Women In Distress

Domestic Violence: An Epidemic within the Pandemic


Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to promote awareness and prevention of domestic violence throughout the month of October. 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Help us continue our mission of stopping domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education, and advocacy.

Check back for additional events to be added to this page as they are scheduled.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Community Training Series

  • Domestic Violence 101
    This training, kicking-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will provide foundational knowledge on the dynamics of domestic violence, statistics, red flags and warning signs, types of abuse, and why survivors stay.

    • MORNING SESSION: Friday, October 2, 9:30am: REGISTER 
    • AFTERNOON SESSION: Tuesday, October 7, 3:00pmREGISTER
  • Indicators, Safety Planning, & Bystander Accountability
    This training – the second in the DVAM series – will provide background information on the dynamics of the Safe and Together Model, red flags of intimate partner violence, high lethality indicators, and safety planning. We will also review useful tools for what you can do as a “bystander” as you support families and help put an end to domestic violence.

    • MORNING SESSION: Friday, October 9, 9:30am: REGISTER 
    • AFTERNOON SESSION: Friday, October 9, 3:00pm: REGISTER 
  • Child’s Play: Understanding Secondary Trauma and Safety Planning for Children of Domestic Violence
    This third training in the series will be a comprehensive overview of working with children exposed to DV including an exploration on the effects of secondary trauma, major play themes, maladaptive behaviors, and how to safety plan effectively to keep them safe even during a pandemic.

    • MORNING SESSION: Friday, October 16, 9:30am: REGISTER 
    • AFTERNOON SESSION: Friday, October 16, 3pm: REGISTER 
  • How to Protect Yourself Against Abuse through the Court System
    This final training in the series will provide an overview of the five different types of restraining orders (aka “injunctions”) available in Florida for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking violence, repeat violence and sexual violence. This series will also provide an overview of the injunction process and helpful tips to navigate the court system as a victim of abuse.

    • MORNING SESSION: Friday, October 23, 9:30am: REGISTER 
    • AFTERNOON SESSION: Friday, October 23, 3pm: REGISTER 

Candle light Vigil:
Remembering those who lost their lives to domestic violence
Facebook Live EVENT
Thursday, October 8, 2020


Domestic Violence Awareness Month & LGBTQ+ History Month Virtual Tabling & Resource Fair
Saturday, October 10, 2020
12 pm to 2 pm

Hosted in partnership with Women In Distress, Broward Victim Rights Coalition and Broward Domestic Violence Council

Working with colleagues at Broward County Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Equality Florida, and others, WID is hosting a virtual tabling and resource event for community members to learn about resources and services in the community available, and to build awareness around domestic violence and issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.


Bank of America Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Thursday, October 22

The Bank of America building in downtown Fort Lauderdale will be lit in purple to raise awareness of domestic violence. Take a selfie or snap a photo of the building if you’re in the area and tag us!

DRive-By Trick N’ Treat Donation Drive with “Cleats for a Cause”
Saturday, October 31
noon to 3pm
Women In Distress Thrift Store

1372 North State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063
(between Copans Road/Royal Palm and Coconut Creek Parkway)

Stop by our Thrift Store to donate items and meet a group of talented high school football players at Plantation High School who are making connections with the NFL’s “Cleats for a Cause” program. Enjoy socially distanced Halloween fun at the drive-by Trick N Treat featuring high school football phenom James Williams and his teammates. 

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“ Cause for Cleats:” James Williams

James Williams, a 5 star athlete and University of Miami commit, is a student athlete at American Heritage High School. Williams is also an All American Army Bowl commit. With a rigorous practice and game schedule Williams still finds time for things he cares about. Williams has recently decided to be a part of the “Cause for Cleats” campaign. Domestic Violence is the cause that he has chosen. Williams said, “growing up I saw a lot of domestic violence including people being beat and or killed.” On average nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to NCADV. In an interview early this week Williams stated he was exposed to domestic violence at a young age including aggressive behavior in his household. Being exposed at a young age Williams advocates that arguments and fights be settled with words not hands and guns. He has designed and will wear a pair of his cleats in honor of domestic violence victims around the world. 

wear purple and Help raise awareness of domestic violence while showing your support for the brave survivors, big and small

Wear a purple tie to your next Zoom call or paint a nail purple and help spread the word that love shouldn’t hurt.

Every donation to Women In Distress provides shelter, counseling, and support for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

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