October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Find your fire within to support survivors and call for an end to the abuse.


ALL MONTH
Peace Pumpkins

Look for purple pumpkins at business in the Lexington-Fayette area. Peace Pumpkins are a project of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition. Each pumpkin includes a QR-code that links to information about services available in the community.

NOW THRU THURSDAY, OCT 5
PAW Patrol Live! Stuffed Animal Drive

Rupp Arena is proud to announce a partnership with PAW Patrol Live! during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to support children living at our emergency shelter. Donate a new stuffed animal from September 23 – October 5 at the Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road (3116 Richmond Rd) or Central Bank Center near the High Street entrance for a special $10 discount on tickets.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 4
Grandma’s Roses – Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Kentucky Theatre presents Grandma’s Roses at 7:15 pm followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jordan Thierry. The film explores the poignant life of Thierry’s grandmother and others to reveal America’s complicated relationship with women’s love and labor. Watch the trailer.

THURSDAY, OCT 5
Reimagining Animal Welfare Conference

Making a Difference Now (MADN) welcomes animal welfare and human services providers to this full-day of discussions and connections between animal and human welfare. Keynote speaker Kenny Lamberti will be joined by other presenters, including Darlene Thomas, our Executive Director, at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington. Learn more & register at this link.

FRIDAY, OCT 6
Greyline Station Block Party

This family-friendly event includes food, music, activities, and more. Stop by our table for information about services and supporting survivors. We’ll have Handmade by Survivors products for sale. Learn more at this link.

SATURDAY, OCT 14
Charity Ride for Survivors

CYCLEBAR, Patchen Square location, is hosting a 30-minute CYCLEGIVING ride to benefit services for survivors. The ride will start at 12:30 and a $20 donation is requested at the door. Register at this link.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 18
Kentucky Proclamation Signing

ZeroV, Kentucky’s coalition of domestic violence service providers, invites you to the State Capitol Rotunda for Governor Beshear’s signing of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation. Learn more at this link.

THURSDAY, OCT 19
Purple Thursday

Wear purple to identify yourself as an advocate for survivors! Put on purple shirts, pants, ties, and more to show your support and raise awareness and call for an end to domestic violence. Learn more at this link.

FRIDAY, OCT 20  –  SUNDAY, OCT 22
Distillery District Art & Music Festival

Artruism Inc, organizers of this annual festival, will be donating a portion of event proceeds to support survivors. Learn more about the festival’s art, music, food, and drink at this Facebook event page. 

SATURDAY, OCT 21
Alltech Make a Difference Golf Scramble

This year’s Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation & Alltech Make a Difference Golf Scramble at Connemara Golf Course benefits our services for survivors! Registration and course games begin at 8:30 am with shotgun start at 10 am.  Learn more & register at this link.

SATURDAY, OCT 21
Rock Relief to End Domestic Violence

Local band Canvas and the Cellar Bar & Grille at Lansdowne host Rock Relief for Domestic Violence. The music starts at 2 pm and continues until 11 pm. Enjoy an amazing lineup of many local bands with donation of an item from the concert’s wish list. Learn more at this link.

TUESDAY, OCT 24
Boyle County Vigil

Friends and community partners are invited to support victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence from 5:30 to 7 pm at Constitution Square in Danville. Organized in partnership with the Boyle County Attorney and Ampersand, the evening will recognize lives lost and unite the community in hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

THURSDAY, OCT 26
Rise Up: A Survivors Tribute!

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Amanda’s Center invite you to attend from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in Lexington.This event will feature a resource fair, guest speakers, music, food, an open mic section, survivors of domestic violence, and united community.

SATURDAY, OCT 28
Sol Fitness Give Back Bootcamp

Join us at 10 am for a 60-minute strength + conditioning class designed to get you moving, connecting, and giving back to your local community. This event is free with the donation of any amount to support our mission. More details.

The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was recognized in 1987. In the years since, communities across the nation organize events and activities that honor these themes: mourning lives lost to domestic violence, celebrating survivors of abuse, and connecting people committed to ending the violence. Our theme this year is a call to action. Find your fire within to help end domestic violence.

SPARK POSSIBILITY

Create a network of support for survivors through partnerships between individuals, nonprofits, businesses, professionals, and faith places in the community.

IGNITE CHANGE

Challenge misinformation and bad information. Call out physical and verbal abuse.Speak up when friends, family, and colleagues blame survivors.

KINDLE HEALING

Through empathy and compassion, we can help survivors rebuild their lives and rediscover their strength.

EXTINGUISH BARRIERS

Poverty, lack of housing, below living-wage jobs, sexism, racism, ableism—we can’t end domestic violence without addressing these and other intersections.

Find your fire within.

Read more about ways to support survivors and call for an end to domestic violence.