October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual campaign committed to raising awareness of and preventing domestic violence.

Domestic violence affects people of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Domestic violence includes the physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of an intimate partner. Domestic abuse varies dramatically in relationships but the constant components are rooted in one person asserting power and control over the other. This month is all about engaging the community and individuals on how we can prevent domestic violence.

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Source
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Source

Domestic Violence Day of Unity

October 2nd

Join us on Monday, October 2nd as we collectively mourn those who have been killed due to domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who work to end violence.

Care & Community Library Initiative

All Month Long

We have partnered with the libraries in Hays and Caldwell County to provide books related to healthy relationships, self-care and self-compassion. Partnering libraries include Buda, Kyle, Luling, Lockhart, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, and San Marcos.

Visit a participating library to find out how to win a FREE Self-care package valued at over $50!

View the Recommended Reading List!

Eat and Support!

All Month Long

Visit your favorite participating restaurant on their scheduled day or days to support local victims of abuse while satisfying your hunger! Check our events on Facebook for a current list of participating restaurants.

Participating Restaurants

Torchy’s Tacos
Every Monday in October
– 4-8pm
166 Hargraves Dr Ste J100, Dripping Springs, TX 78737

Loli’s Cafe
Every Tuesday in October

1501 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Rolling in Thyme & Dough
October 5th

333 US-290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

The Leaning Pear
Lunch or Dinner Wednesday, October 11th

111 River Rd #110, Wimberley, TX 78676

Hays County BBQ
October 11th

1612 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666

October 17th

110 E Martin Luther King Dr #126, San Marcos, TX 78666

October 17th

625 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Black’s BBQ – Lockhart Location
October 19th

215 N Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644

October 20th

625 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Black’s BBQ – San Marcos Location
October 26th

510 Hull St, San Marcos, TX 78666

If your restaurant would like to participate, simply choose the date(s) you want to participate as well as the percentage you would like to go towards community members who have experienced abuse. We will advertise the event through our social media channels as well as provide you with materials to put at tables as well as to-go labels. Please send participation inquiries to info@hcwc.org.

Check the News!

All month long, we will be publishing news articles to local newspapers and online with the purpose of educating the community on the dynamics of domestic violence and how you can help to make a difference. Some of the article subjects include:
  • The Importance of Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Being a Secondary Survivor of Domestic Violence – From a Child’s Perspective
  • Being an Active Bystander
  • How to Safely Leave an Abusive Relationship
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Men as Survivors of Abuse
  • Why You Don’t Tell Someone to Leave an Abusive Relationship

Show Your Support at our First Annual United Against Violence Domestic Violence Walk

October 12th at 6:30pm | San Marcos Downtown Historic Courthouse

Join us on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm for our first annual United Against Violence Domestic Violence Walk in San Marcos, a partnership between HCWC, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.

Come ready to support survivors as we walk around the courthouse in support of survivors in San Marcos!

Join Us For Purple Day

October 19th

Join us on Thursday, October 19th for an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and to show your commitment to promoting healthy relationships.

Dress yourself, your kids, or your pets in purple and snap a selfie! Share your images with us on social media or send them to info@hcwc.org and we will spotlight them with a video after the event.

Please join us on October 19th, wear purple, be a voice, and start a conversation about domestic violence!

Win Big at Purse Bingo

October 21st

Purse Bingo 2023 will be Saturday, October 21st at the Luling Civic Center!

Tickets are running out fast so secure your spot now!

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Be a Part of the Conversation

Join us this #DVAM2023 on social media! All month long, we will be posting educational material about the dynamics of domestic violence, highlighting HCWC services, posting inspiring messages for survivors of abuse, making posts about healthy communities, as well as highlighting our amazing staff and community partners!

We will have Facebook Events for Purple Day, Dining for Change, and Purse Bingo so stay tuned!