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Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

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Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


CSS Communications

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​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

                               October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month                                 

Every October advocates across Mecklenburg County come together to raise awareness about domestic violence. This month provides an opportunity each year to educate the community on the pattern of abusive behaviors that alter the lives of too many of our neighbors, friends and families. It is a time hold events in memory of those who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers, and to celebrate all survivors of intimate partner violence.

Get Involved during Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019: 

Oct. 1-31: Operation Sleep Safely - Donation Drive for Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter 

  • Location: Drop off locations include: CMPD Headquarters, CMPD Division Offices, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center and City of Charlotte Offices. 
  • Additional details: CMPD is collecting the following NEW items: Twin size sheets (preferably bleachable, white sheets), twin size blankets/comforters, bleach gallons for laundry, pillows and white bath towels. These items will stock Safe Alliance's Domestic Violence Shelter which houses over 100 victims and their children every night of the year. 


Oct. 1: City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Request Joint Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation - Board of County Commissioners Meeting 

  • Time: 6 p.m.  
  • Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center - 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte NC 28202
  • Additional details: The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation request is on the on agenda for this Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners meeting. 


Oct. 1: Cost of Domestic Violence in North Carolina

  • Time: 11 a.m.   
  • Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center - 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte NC 28202
  • Additional details: The Mecklenburg County Family Justice Center Steering Committee, along with Ron Kimble of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage invite you to a press conference highlighting an updated study on the cost of domestic violence in North Carolina.


Oct. 1: Fighting for Women with Fashion 

  • Time: 7 to 10 p.m. 
  • Location: Mint Museum Uptown - 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte 28205
  • Additional details: Join us for Fighting For Women With Fashion 2019, a collaboration among Safe Alliance, The Women Lawyers of Charlotte, and the Women Physicians Section of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society. There will be a fashion presentation, a silent auction, and a wine pull. Proceeds benefit Safe Alliance's mission to bring hope and healing to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.  Click here for sponsorships and ticket information. 


Oct. 1: Domestic Violence Awareness Month Breakfast 

  • Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m.  
  • Location: Atrium Health Stanly County – Magnolia Room – 301 Yadkin Street, Albemarle NC 28001
  • Additional details: Hosted by Esther House of Stanly Co., the breakfast celebrates survivors of domestic violence. The morning's keynote speaker is World Boxing Council Member and Former American World Boxing Champion Christy Martin. RSVP here! 

Oct. 2: Domestic Violence Press Conference 

  • Time: 2:30 p.m. 
  • Location:  Children & Family Services Center Boardroom; 601 E 5th St., Charlotte, NC 2820

  • Additional details: Attorney General Josh Stein will discuss new tools being implemented in North Carolina to protect victims of domestic violence. After the press conference, Attorney General Stein will also take questions related to sexual assault kits and the recently-passed Survivor Act, the opioid epidemic, his work to curb e-cigarette use, and other topics. 

Oct. 3: Domestic Violence Prayer Vigil 

  • Time: 7to 9 p.m. 
  • Location: Little Rock AME Zion Church - 401 N. McDowell St. 
  • Additional details: The vigil gives the community an opportunity to come together and honor the names of people who have been murdered by their partners. The event will pursue a vision where all engage in healthy relationships characterized by the mutual sharing of resources and responsibilities. All faiths welcome!


Oct. 4: Domestic Violence Advocacy Council's Awareness March 

  • Time: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Uptown Square - corner of Trade and Tryon
  • Additional details: Join survivors and advocates from across the area for a domestic violence awareness march. You'll hear a survivor's story. Dress in purple. Signs will be provided.


Oct. 4: Domestic Violence Fashion Show

  • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Noda Creative Art Studio - 2424 N. Davidson Street, Suite 110, Charlotte NC 
  • Additional details: Jazz Undaground International presents "Bags of Love" Fashion Show.No need to RSVP, just come as you are. Live performance by Taylor Diaz and special guest speakers Avia Terry, Deborah Woolard, and Omar Tyree. 

Oct. 5: Rebirth of Kings & Queens - Second Annual D.I.V.A Nation Against Battered Womens Survivor's Celebration

  • Time: 5 to 9 p.m. 
  • Location: Bethel Baptist Church – 2474 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Kannapolis NC 28083
  • Additional details: Join DivaNation for a night of celebration for Domestic Violence Survivors.   Click here for tickets. 


Oct. 5: Breaking the Silence Domestic Violence Workshop

  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216
  • Additional details: Join the Women's New Perspective Ministry in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the afternoon. Guest presenters include Kelly Clark, member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau Member, and Kathy Heatley, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Prevention and Intervention Services Clinician.


Oct. 7: Hope Mural Unveiling 

  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway Tunnel - Park at 1116 Metropolitan Ave. 
  • Additional details: Thread Talk met with survivors and advocates to elevate their voices, and created a mural in the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Tunnel based on their stories of survival. We invite you to come out to walk through the tunnel together as a community, and honor the bravery of survivors everywhere. 

Oct. 10: Domestic Violence Employers Workshop 

  • Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Location: Foundation for the Carolinas - 220 N Tryon St #2137, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Additional details: The day-long educational workshop will feature dynamic speakers who will share their perspective on this growing epidemic, and provide you with the tools and information you need to begin the conversation on creating guidelines for domestic violence and safety protocols within your company as well as with your employees. Intimate partner violence does not just happen at home. It carries over in to the workplace and many employers need to be cognizant of the warning signs. Register now! 

Oct. 12: Domestic Violence Warriors in Labor Breakfast

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • Location: 1900 Crossbeam Dr., Charlotte NC 28217
  • Additional details: Hosted by NC APRI Piedmont Chapter. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute is going purple. Join us as we bring to light stories of hope and domestic survival within the labor community. RSVP on Facebook here

Oct. 12: Resilience Blast

  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Location: Promise Resource Network - 1041 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC 28205
  • Additional details: Join Promise Resource Network for a family friendly event that was created to help others overcome trauma and heal. Develop YOUR power of resiliency. 


Oct. 12: Stop the Violence Banquet – Youth Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Event

  • Time: 4 to 8 p.m. 
  • Location: Hyatt House Charlotte Airport – 4920 South Tryon, Charlotte NC 28217
  • Additional details: This event is for all ages. Let's talk about the violence in our area and how to prevent it. There will also be networking, vendors and food. Tickets available here.


Oct. 12 and 13: Victorious You Conference  

  • Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ayrsley - 1917 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
  • Additional details: Join advocate and domestic violence survivor Joan Randall for a two-day conference focused on overcoming and accessing power after abuse. Learn more and get your tickets here! 

Oct. 13: Purple Sunday 

  • Time: All Sunday Services  
  • Location: New Beginnings Church - 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews NC 28105
  • Additional details: The congregation will wear purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month during all Sunday services.  

Oct. 14: City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Request Joint Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation - City Council Meeting

  • Time: 6:30 p.m.  
  • Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center - 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte NC 28202
  • Additional details: The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation request is on the on agenda for this City Council meeting. 

Oct. 15: Breakfast of Hope   

  • Time: 9 a.m. 
  • Location: Charlotte Convention Center - 501 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Additional details: Held annually during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), the Breakfast of Hope is an opportunity to learn about the devastating impact of domestic violence and sexual assault on our community and the work Safe Alliance is doing to provide hope and healing to neighbors in need. Register for the event here.

Oct. 15: Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Report to Board of County Commissioners 

  • Time: 6:00 p.m.  
  • Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center - 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte NC 28202
  • Additional details: The Domestic Violence Fatlity Review Team to provide an overview of findings from their comprehensive report. 

Oct. 15: #SurvivorSpeaks: A Panel Discussion Highlighting Survivor Voices (WEBINAR)

  • Time: 1:00 p.m.  
  • Location: Webinar - Register to participate here.
  • Additional details: During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a panel of survivors will join NCADV for a free webinar to discuss the most pressing issues facing survivors today.  Survivors will share creative and inspiring ways they are taking action in their own communities, bringing attention to the issue, as well as insight into the challenges they face in getting the word out.

Oct. 16: This Women's Worth: Say Her Name 

  • Time: 7:00 p.m.  
  • Location: Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church - 6116 Monteith Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28213
  • Additional details: Join the Sisters In The Sacred Space Women’s Ministry for a worship service against violence towards women and girls. 

Oct. 19: NO Repeats - Domestic Violence Event

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Location: 600 E. Franklin St., Monroe NC 28079
  • Additional details: Hear from three Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau Members in a special event targeted to ensure the cycle of domestic violence ends! No RSVP required, the event is free and open to the public. 


Oct. 19: Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop   

  • Time: 11 a.m.  
  • Location: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church - 1303 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte NC 28205
  • Additional details: Learn the dynamics of domestic violence and faith. Hear from Special Guest Speaker and Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau Member Pamela Blount. 

Oct. 19: Healing Vine Harbor Presents Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence Workshop  

Oct. 19: A Day at the Park Awareness Event  

  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m. 
  • Location: Nevin Park Shelter 1 – 6000 Statesville Road, Charlotte NC 28269 
  • Additional details: Join Heels to Heal Project Inc. And Gardent of Life Inc. to spread awareness about domestic violence. The lineup includes guest speakers, music, food and free admission.

Oct. 19: Pampering Event for Domestic Violence Survivors 

  • Time: Appointments vary
  • Location: Pink Studio - 300 E. John Street, Matthews NC 28105
  • Additional details: Attend a pampering session and be entered to win a TV! Contact Cynthia Farley to schedule at 704-249-6173.

Oct. 20: Inspired Women Brunch 

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Crowne Plaza - 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte NC 28217
  • Additional details: Presented by Dequonna Wise, Certified Life Coach and Mentor, this is an exclusive brunch networking experience. There will be a panel discussion, featuring a domestic violence survivor and others, who will inspire you to find your purpose. Tickets are $50.00 and are available here

Oct. 21: Wells Fargo's Duke Energy Center goes purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Oct. 24: Purple Thursday 

  • Time: All day  
  • Location: Any location
  • Additional details: Wear purple and show your support for survivors and for ending domestic violence! We encourage you to take photos of you and your family and friends in purple, and share them with by emailing CSSPrevention@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov.


Oct. 26: Two 2 Queens and A King- Women's Empowerment Conference

  • Time: 3 - 8 p.m. 
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn - 9315 Statesville Road, Charlotte NC 28269
  • Additional details: This event features three speakers: Author Sidell Britton, Author Josh Proby and Media Personality Nayomi Charnelle.  Tickets available here.

Oct. 29: Domestic Violene Town Hall 

  • Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
  • Location: William R. Davie Park- 4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte NC 28226
  • Additional details: Join Mecklenburg County Commissioner Rodriguez-McDowell and Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston for a Domestic Violence Town Hall event highlighting the diversity of domestic violence and community resources. This event will provide a forum for conversation about what domestic violence looks like in different cultures and communities, as well as resource information and opportunity to connect with domestic violence professionals.

Nov. 9: Let's Heal Together Gala 

  • Time: 6 - 10 p.m. 
  • Location: 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. Suite 260, Charlotte NC 28215
  • Additional details: Charlotte Region is ranked #1 in N.C. for human trafficking. Join us to learn how to recognize it, what to do, and how to prevent it from happening in your community or your home. Join a panel of medical experts that will define domestic violence and human trafficking. There will also be acess to survivors, entertainment,  dinner, vendors, and resources that provide awareness and ongoing supportive services and education for victims and families living life after truma involving domestic violence and human trafficking. Tickets available here

Is there an event you're planning for October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month?   Email

Domestic Violence Presentations Available: 

The issue of domestic violence affects every aspect of our community; our homes, our schools and our businesses. You can be a part of the solution!

Invite us to come and speak at your group, church, school or business. To request a speaker:

  1.  Fill out this form

  2. Email it to *When possible please provide two weeks notice.

We look forward to working with you!


Mailing Address:

Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


CSS Communications

Key Initiatives