Faith-Based Organizations Domestic Violence Awareness event, Oct. 29

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department’s (CAHSD) Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) Division announces its eightth annual Faith-Based Organizations Domestic Violence Awareness seminar scheduled Friday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a free virtual gathering to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in 1987 to connect individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while increasing awareness. During the past 30 years, progress has been made to support victims and survivors. However, the numbers are unforgiving: in the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence in their lifetime. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.

“The domestic violence crisis has become a pandemic within a pandemic, as families cope with additional economic challenges and isolation made it even more challenging for victims to get the resources and support they need,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“During October, we work to bring awareness and to connect those experiencing domestic violence with vital resources.”

Attendees of the Oct. 29 seminar will participate in dialogue between leaders of the faith-based community, followed by breakout sessions with domestic violence experts. Specific focus will be on domestic violence injunctive relief, immigration, and traumas. The sessions will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

CAHSD’s VPI Division offers an array of preventative and responsive services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

“CAHSD is committed to collaborating with the faith-based communities and its leaders to facilitate the access of information and resources that are available to victims. Domestic violence is a crime that violates human dignity,” said Sonia J. Grice, CAHSD director.

“When faced with family and or intimate partner violence, victims often seek guidance from their faith-based leaders who play a vital role in responding to these situations and providing direction and support to victims of domestic violence,” said CAHSD bureau chief Ivon Mesa. Individuals can register for this virtual VPI event at

For more information about Violence Prevention and Intervention Services and this event, call 305-285-5900. CAHSD is the largest provider of comprehensive social services in Miami-Dade County. For more information about the Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department, call 786-469-4600 or visit

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