Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017

Candlelight Vigil + Survivor Speakout
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. - City Hall Steps, Burlington
On October 3, survivors and supporters will take to the Church Street Marketplace at 6 p.m. for the annual candlelight vigil featuring speaker Sarah George, Chittenden County States Attorney, then march in silence and solidarity to the First Unitarian Universalist Society at the top of Church Street. There a speak-out event will offer survivors the chance to tell their stories in a supportive and safe environment.

Social Media
Throughout the month supporters will take to Steps to End Domestic Violence’s social media channels, painting the fingernails of their forefinger and middle finger purple to create a symbolic peace sign; bringing a moment of brevity while at the same time raising awareness about the horrific and enduring issue of domestic violence.

Community members interested in participating should contact

A weekly video series featured on social media will present a new perspective on what survivors experience. Daily facts will help educate followers as they continue checking in throughout the month.

Take Steps in their Shoes with Alpha Chi Omega
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.
Join UVM's Alpha Chi Omega sorority for a community-driven version of the Take Steps in Their Shoes fundraising event. Walk from the UVM Davis Center to Church Street, all the while reading facts about domestic violence and interacting with area agencies. 
Suggested donation of $5, registration on-site. 

Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sarah Bartlett, founding co-director of Writing Inside VT will host a survivors’ writing workshop on October 28 at the Saint Michael’s Center for Women and Gender, called Refusing Silence, for those looking to explore relationships with silence, voice and healing through words and images.

Survivors wishing to participate should contact by October 25.

Community Collaboration
Libraries and book stores throughout Chittenden County are encouraged to set up tables featuring domestic violence-related materials to help educate readers, offer perspective and start conversations.



Host your own event and donate the proceeds to Steps to End Domestic Violence!


Types of Events

Birthday party, wedding, anniversary celebration, dinner party, bake sale, yard sale, retirement party, or anything you can think of!

Contact us to arrange your event!

For more information about events, contact Jessie at 802-658-3131 x1063 or contact her here.