October 2019 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VCB)
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October 2019 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. Air Force Staff Sgt. Susan Davis posed as model for photo. (U.S. Air Force archive photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Luis H. Loza Gutierrez)

By Dr. Jan Marie Capaccioli, PsyD / Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinator (IPVAP-C)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HARLINGEN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established a new theme for this year’s Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month called, “Reshape the Conversation about Relationship Health and Safety through Partnership.”  

This theme coincides with release of a new the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)  symbol that was designed using feedback from Veterans, VA staff, and community stakeholders. By co-creating a new shape for raising awareness, the new approach taken by the VA IPVAP to address intimate partner violence is reflected. Further, the interlocked circles represent the partnerships that are vital to building relationship health and safety while the intertwined colors nod to the traditional purple  Domestic Violence Awareness ribbons worn in support and the white ribbons worn by men pledging to end domestic violence and / intimate partner violence.

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) symbol – interlocking rings in purple and white by themselves (VA graphic courtesy of Jan Marie Capaccioli).

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) symbol – interlocking rings in purple and white by themselves (VA graphic courtesy of Jan Marie Capaccioli).

As the new Intimate Partner Violence Coordinator (IPVAP) for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VCB), I am working with other local agencies offering intervention through the VA and community partnerships addressing mental health, medical care, counseling, housing, education, and employment needs for our Veterans. We know that partnerships with internal and external stakeholders are the most effective way to achieve our program mission and create a truly comprehensive and integrated program that serves Veterans, their families, and VA staff on a full continuum of care services.

The VA’s IPV Assistance Program focuses on the individual and works on developing a culture of safety. This integrated and holistic approach involves screening, understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. The goals of the program are to end violence, prevent further violence and promote healthy relationships.

IPV can happen to anyone because it doesn’t discriminate against age, religion, race, sexual identity, socio-economic status, or intelligence. In the United States, about 2 in 3 Veteran women and 2 in 4 Veteran men report having experience intimate partner violence in their lives.

So, remember to wear PURPLE and WHITE on October 3, 2019 for our local Purple Passion Day. Show your support to end intimate partner violence/domestic violence in our community and nationwide.

For anonymous, confidential help 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) for deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Help is available, and you are not alone. If you are interested in improving your current relationship, reach out to VCB’s IPVAP coordinator at 956-618-7100, extension 67092 for information.
Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) symbol – interlocking rings in purple and white by themselves (VA graphic courtesy of Jan Marie Capaccioli).

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) symbol – interlocking rings in purple and white by themselves (VA graphic courtesy of Jan Marie Capaccioli).



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