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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

​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.

Join us for these 2020 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events:

Oct. 1-31: HopeMuralCLT

  • Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway (right below Hickory Tavern) - 1133 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
  • Additional details: Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau Member and Founder of Thread Talk, Hannah Kay Herdlinger, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation installed a mural at a tunnel at Little Sugar Creek Greenway in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Get updates at @threadtalkstrong and post a photo of the mural on social with #HopeMuralCLT to be featured.

Oct. 1-31: Safe Alliance's Hope is Calling 

  • Location: Virtual Campaign  
  • Additional details: Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign; look for commercials on WBTV and affiliate stations during the month of October; display a yard sign to spread awareness in your community; join Safe Alliance by becoming a Champion of Hope and help raise crucial funds to help survivors in Mecklenburg County. Find More information here:

Oct. 1-31: Community Support Services Domestic Violence Awareness Month Social Media Campaign  

  • Location:
  • Additional details: Hear from Domestic Violence Survivors, Clinicians and community members about why Domestic Violence Awareness Month matters and ways to advocate for ending intimate partner abuse

Oct. 1: Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage's 2020 Annual Women for Courage

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   
  • Location: YouTube Live 
  • Additional details: This year's luncheon theme is 'Be the Light.' This is an opportunity to hear about the mission and initiatives of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, and to learn the characteristics and warning signs of intimate partner violence. The luncheon will be hosted by returning emcee Erica Bryant, of WSOC and our Keynote Speaker is Melissa Dohme Hill. Melissa's story has appeared in People, on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and more. Her story is that of a "Sur-Thriver", as she and others call her. Register here!


Oct. 10: 6th Annual No Sad Story Ministry Formal Fundraiser Gala

  • Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.   
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill - 650 Tinsley Way, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Additional details: In response to COVID-19, this year attendees can join in person or virtually. In person tickets are on sale now. Virtual guests are welcomed and encouraged to donate in lieu of purchasing a ticket; a link to the virtual site will be forwarded to you by EventBrite upon registering your attendance. Read more about this event and purchase your tickets here.


Oct. 13: Domestic Violence Advocacy Council's Presents: Your Feelings Matter

  • Time: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.   
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
  • Additional details: During this meeting in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be sharing the details for the DVAC Virtual Awareness Walk. We will also have a presentation by Tiffany Sanders and Amber Holmes. Tiffany and Amber are both therapists with the Child Development Community Policing program and will share the book they wrote to help children who have witnessed domestic violence. Please join us as we learn from them and get the scoop on how to join the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. Email for meeting log-in.


Oct. 15: Second Round-Domestic Violence Resources Roundtable

  • Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.   
  • Location: Virtual Event
  • Additional details: This event is hosted by the Fayetteville Area Community Veterans Engagement Board and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley and the Fayetteville Vet Center. Joint this event to learn about resources and the processes of organizations assisting individuals affected by domestic violence. The panel will discuss various scenarios including incidents involving active duty service members as well as veterans and civilian members of the community with various needs and different circumstances. Register, learn more and get the virtual link here


Oct. 16: Safe Alliance's PURPLE OUT Day

  • Time: All Day  
  • Location: Any Location
  • Additional details: Join Safe Alliance in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tag them in photos and help promote awareness about domestic violence in our community and resources available for those experiencing abuse. T-shirts will be on sale. Visit for updates.


Oct. 20: City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Request Joint Domestic Violence Survivors Day Proclamation

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


Oct. 20: Wells Fargo's Duke Energy Center goes purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Oct. 22: 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. 24: Fit-2-Fight, NC

  • Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • Location: Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
  • Additional details: Fitness fundraising event benefiting Safe Alliance and other local organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Read more on the even's Facebook page.


Oct. 26-30: Domestic Violence Advocacy Council's Virtual March

  • Time: All day; All week  
  • Location: March at any location that works for you! Updates - Virtual – DVAC Facebook Page
  • Additional details: Join the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council for a Virtual Awareness March. Participants are asked to wear purple, carry signs and spread hope in their community. Take photos and videos and send them to


Oct. 28: Domestic Violence Advocacy Council Domestic Violence Awareness March

  • Time: 5 p.m.  
  • Location: Freedom Park - 1908 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
  • Additional details: Join the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council as they honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an awareness march. Participants will be limited to the first 15 to sign-up due to COVID-19 and social distancing precautions. All participants should meet up at the park's pavilion at 5 p.m. Signs will be provided! Sign-up here to attend.

 Oct. 28 and Oct. 29: DV Talks Discussion Series

  • October 28 -- 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Making a Plan -- Night Series
  • October 29 -- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Making a Plan -- Night Series

Oct. 29: Safe Alliance's Breakfast of Hope (Virtual Fundraising Event)

  • Time: 9 - 10 a.m. 
  • Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting 
  • Additional details: Emceed by WBTV's Maureen O'Boyle, this event will include Safe Alliance updates, the premiere of our 2020 video, and a survivor keynote speaker. This event is free; pre-registration is required – register here!


Oct. 30: Domestic Abuse and the Church

  • Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Virtual Event 
  • Additional details: Join the Engendered Collective for a conversation with survivors, domestic violence consultants, and trainers, Debra Wingfield, Joy Forrest, and Julie Owens. We will explore how faith leaders can help their communities and talk about domestic abuse and power that centers individual's spirituality, agency, and safety. Reserve your spot here!


Nov. 7: Swing Fore Domestic Violence Survivors

  • Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. tee times
  • Location: Charlotte National Golf Course – 6920 Howey Bottoms Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079
  • Additional details: Join Victory Life House for a charity golf outing. The event will benefit local domestic violence survivors. Social distancing and COVID-19 precautions will take place. Read more and sign-up here:


Is there an event you'd like to add to the list? 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

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