Domestic Violence Awareness

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Marysville is working with community partners to #BreakTheSilence around domestic violence issues. Marysville Police respond to an average of 85 domestic violence calls every month.

What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

Local community service agencies, volunteer organizations and churches are joining DVS Snohomish County and the City of Marysville, Police Department and Fire District to help educate our community and let victims and families know that we care.

Abuse can take many forms. They all boil down to a person trying to gain control over a partner or family member. This certainly includes physical violence or forced sexual acts. Other examples of domestic violence may include psychological or emotional abuse (examples: name-calling, insults, threats, humiliation) or social or environmental abuse (examples: controls major decisions and/or finances, limits your activities). Many other controlling behaviors fall within the spectrum of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe situation, it’s important to know that resources are available. Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County can help you create a safety plan, find a support group or counselor, and access legal information. Learn more at

Upcoming Events and Education Opportunities

A key tool in fighting domestic violence is education. Two webinars are being offered this month by Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County to discuss Stereotypes and Domestic Violence, and Evolving Perceptions of Domestic Violence. 

Oct. 6: Domestic Violence Awareness WalkDVAM walk

Step with us in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and join the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. 

The scheduled walk begins at 11 a.m. on the Ebey Waterfront Trail. Following this walk, the destination will feature local non-profits and organizations offering the opportunity to donate towards fundraising efforts. Food trucks at the event include Dreamy Drinks, Black Sea Food Truck and QT Food Truck.

Click here to register for the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

Online shirt orders have closed. Domestic Violence Awareness shirts will be available for purchase during the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk at Ebey Waterfront Park for $10 while supplies last.

Oct. 7: Close friends and unhealthy relationships

Olivia explores how close friendships, or lack thereof, can inform the health of romantic or intimate relationships.

Click here for the webinar link.

Oct. 13: Annual Hope Within Luncheon Hope Within Luncheon

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County presents the 15th Annual Hope Within Luncheon, bringing attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

City of Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and Marysville Police Department Chief Erik Scairpon address Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the action we can take in the community to raise awareness.

Keynote Speaker Janine Latus is an award-winning journalist, author and advocate, best known for her memoir, “If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation.” At once a confession, a call to break the cycle of abuse, and a deeply felt love letter to her baby sister, Amy Lynne Latus, Janine is all too familiar with the sorrow of domestic violence.

Click here for more information and event details.

Oct. 21: Teen Panel

Liz hosts a panel of teens to discuss a collection of topics around healthy and unhealthy relationships.  

Click here for the webinar link.

How can I join the effort? DVAM 2022 t-shirt

Wear your purple t-shirt this October to spread awareness and share your selfie with the hashtag #BreakTheSilence.

Click here to purchase a Domestic Violence Awareness t-shirt.

You can also donate here toward emergency relocation resources, such as family kits and gift cards: 

Visit for more information and resources.

Download our #BreakTheSilence Facebook frame!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Facebook Frame

Spread awareness on social media by downloading our custom Facebook frame and adding it to your profile picture for the month of October by clicking this link.  

Domestic Violence Awareness backpack donations