HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of the month, events will be hosted around the area throughout October.

As we learn of additional events, we will post the information below.

Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Victim Witness program fundraiser

On Thursday Oct. 27 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Victim Witness will host a fundraiser at Moe’s at 1217 N. Main Street in Suffolk. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Genevie Shelter.

Later this month, Genieve Shelter will host a domestic violence awareness gala. More details to come.

Stop Violence Against Women: Enough is Enough

A non-profit organization is holding a Domestic Violence Awareness event at the Jordan Newby Library in Norfolk on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. The library is located at 1425 Norchester Avenue. The event is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Previous events:

9th Annual Women Against Violence Luncheon

On Friday, Oct. 6, Samaritan House is hosting a luncheon in Virginia Beach. It will be at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center at 11:30 a.m. Jazmine Smith will be this year’s keynote speaker. Click here for more information and to get tickets.

Fill the Closet Event

The HER Shelter is hosting the event on Oct. 6-7. Drop-offs will be at the times listed below at 1900 Columbus Ave. in Portsmouth.

  • Friday, Oct. 6 from 2-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon (Cancelled)

Take a look at accepted items in the flyer below. Email deborah@hershelter.com for more information.

Avalon Center Donations

Collections end on Friday, Oct. 6 for the Avalon Center. Items needed are listed on the flyer below. To donate, click here to find out more.

Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Breakfast

On Saturday, Oct. 7 the breakfast will be held at the Enoch Baptist Church located at 5641 Herbert Moore Rd. in Virginia Beach. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon. OAG and YWCA are hosting the event. Click here to register for the event.

Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer awareness walk

On Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church will ‘walk to stomp out breast cancer and domestic violence.’ Registration is $25.

Domestic Violence Awareness Fashion Show

On Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. the Grove Church is hosting Fashion Show with A Purpose. The guest speaker will be Shan Foster, former NBA player and author. Proceeds from the event will support survivors of domestic violence. The event is open to the public.

YWCA Events at NSU

The YWCA South Hampton Roads will host panels at Norfolk State University during the month.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17 participate in the Intersectionality & Cultural Humility Workshop. It will take place at 6 p.m. It will be interactive and educational. At the event, learn more about themes of anti-racism and building a stronger, safer and more equitable community.

On Thursday, Oct. 19 join them for Black, Blue & Purple: Racial Disparities in Domestic Violence. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The panel will run from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Hall, 700 Parks Ave.

According to the event, the panel will “discover holistic and root-cause solutions to curbing domestic violence we see in our communities.” Featured panelists include Stephanie Howard, Ph.D., (Norfolk State University,) Neisha Himes (G.R.O.W. Foundation,) Kristen Pine (YWCA,) and Courtney Pierce (Samaritan House.)

Paint 757 Purple

On Friday, Oct. 19 Samaritan House will host the event. They ask the community to join them to “take a stand against violence and raise awareness and funds in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” During the event, wear purple and visit on of the partner businesses to “Paint 757 Purple.” The campaign began in 2017 and has received support from over 70 businesses.

NNPD Domestic Violence Walk for Awareness

On Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. walk to end domestic violence at City Center. Participants are encouraged to wear purple to the walk to show support. The flyer for the event with more information is below.

Newport News Community resource fair

On October 21, the Newport News circuit court clerk’s office will collect new and unused items for the GROW Foundation and Transitions Family Violence services during the community resource fair.

Strike out Domestic Violence bowling fundraiser

On October 22, the HER Shelter and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare will host a bowling fundraiser at Pinboys in Virginia Beach.

Portsmouth Domestic Violence Awareness Forum

The Portsmouth Police Department is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness forum on October 24, at the Portsmouth Police Department Administration Bldg. at 206 High Street, in the Auditorium. It’s from 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Ashley Manuel from the Office of the Attorney General and Ebony McGill, Office of the Attorney General will speak at the forum.

If you or you know someone who may be a victim of domestic violence or child abuse, click here for a list of local and national resources.