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Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is held throughout the month of October as a way to bring advocates across the nation together to end domestic violence. Communities and advocacy organizations across the country will connect with one another in a true sense of unity to end domestic violence for good.


Join us at the Capitol on Sunday, October 1st, from noon to 1pm for a rally to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month! DAIS staff and volunteers, survivors, allies, and community leaders will be getting together to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and stand in support of survivors everywhere. Speakers will include Wisconsin State Senator Melissa Agard, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, UNIDOS Executive Director Virginia Gittens Escudero, and DAIS Executive Director Shannon Barry.


We will be adding events throughout October, so make sure to check back for updates and additional details!



October Event Highlights


Rally at the WI State Capitol | Sunday, October 1, 2023 • Noon – 1 pm


Glow In The Bark at Boneyard | Saturday, October 7, 2023 • 5 pm – 9 pm


Survivors Benefit at Lucille | Friday, October 13, 2023 • 4 pm – 7 pm (101 King Street, Madison)

Join us at Lucille for a live DJ, raffle prizes, and happy hour specials raising funds to benefit DAIS.


IPV & the LGBTQIA+ Community at the Pinney Library | Tuesday, October 17, 2023 • 6 pm – 7 pm
Room of One’s Own and DAIS are partnering to provide free training about intimate partner violence in the LGBTQIA+ community: what it looks like, what barriers exist for survivors, what resources are available, and how you can help.


A Conversation About Faith & Domestic Violence | Wednesday, October 18, 2023 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Join DAIS and local faith leaders at Salem United Church of Christ for a workshop that provides tools and knowledge to help fellow parishioners and friends in need. Click here to RSVP.


Survivors Benefit at Stateline | Friday, October 20, 2023 • 3 pm – 5 pm (1413 Northern Court, Madison)


Community Resource Fair | Sunday, October 22, 2023 • 11 am – 2 pm



Community Events

Throughout October you will be able to find us at various community events including:


Saturday, October 7, 2023 • 7 am – 1:30 pm | Dane County Farmers Market


Sunday, October 8, 2023 • 9 am – 12 pm | Northside Farmers Market


Saturday, October 14, 2023 • 11 am – 2 pm | Henry Vilas Zoo


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 • 12 pm – 4 pm | A Room of One’s Own


Thursday, October 19, 2023 • 5 pm – 9 pm | Madison Night Market

Community Fair

10/22/2023, 11am – 2pm
At DAIS – 2102 Fordem Avenue, Madison


Join DAIS for a fun, family friendly community resource fair and celebration! There will be yard games, face painting, food vendors, and more.

A carnival style poster in yellow, blue, and orange titled "Community Fair."

Host an Event for DAIS


Events hosted by members of our community are vital for DAIS. Many people don’t know about the array of services that DAIS offers, and they are also unaware of the prevalence of domestic violence in Dane County. You can help us raise awareness and financial assistance by having a casual event at your home or business. A DAIS staff member would gladly attend to help you spread the word.


If you are interested in hosting an event for DAIS, see our Community Event Toolkit and contact us at or call 608-251-1237 ext. 308