HHS Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, organizations around the country promote National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to bring attention to lifesaving resources for people who survive violence inflicted by family members or intimate partners.

At HHSC, the Family Violence Program provides services at eight nonresidential centers and 71 shelters throughout Texas, aiming to help survivors by providing access to community resources, legal advocates, and a variety of supports and mental health services, including peer-to-peer counseling.

“Domestic violence is a continuous issue, and an estimated 176 victims seek family violence services every day in Texas,” said Megan Bermea, director of the HHSC Office of Family Services. “It is important to recognize DVAM in October to spread awareness and to celebrate the extraordinary work of those dedicated to supporting survivors and creating communities free from family violence.”

Texans are encouraged to wear purple on “Go Purple Day” on Thursday, Oct. 21, as a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and personal dedication to domestic violence awareness. Share your photos and comments on social media using the 2021 campaign theme hashtags #Every1KnowsSome1 and #DVAM.

If you or somebody you know is experiencing domestic violence, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website (where you can live chat to receive support), call 800-799-7233 (800-787-3224 for TTY), or text “START” to 88788 at any time.

To learn more, visit the HHS Family Violence Program webpage.