October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We have 2 campaigns this year: Honoring the Stories That Shape Us and #1Thing

Honoring the Stories that Shape Us  

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we invite you, our community, to be a part of a very special campaign this year. Center for Domestic Peace (C4DP) has a long tradition of embracing the Latino celebration, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), as a way to honor individuals impacted by domestic violence and those who help to prevent it. This community event, hosted by a volunteer advocate group called Voces de Cambio (Voices of Change), is held the last Friday in October at C4DP’s main office. Click here for details about the event.

This year, we welcome everyone to be a part of this tradition by designing a traditional Sugar Skull as a representation and honoring of the people you know touched by domestic violence, which will then be displayed at the final event on October 25th. 

By taking the time to draw, color and reflect on the human side of domestic violence, we can connect on a deep and personal level, honoring the people we know and love, and educating our community along the way. 

Here is how it works: 

  1. Create your own Sugar Skull by downloading a template from below or drawing your own. If you prefer, draw a dove or a butterfly. 
    1. Butterfly Template
    2. Dove Template
    3. Blank Sugar Skull Template
    4. Sugar Skull Template
    5. Sugar Skull Detailed
    6. Girl Sketch Sugar Skull
  2.  As you design your artwork, you are welcome to write up the story behind the Skull on the back or on another piece of paper, connecting us all to the story behind the mask.                      
  3. If you would like us to share your drawing on social media throughout the month of October, take a photo and email to [email protected]. 
  4. If you would like it displayed on October 25 at the Day of the Dead event, drop off or mail to 734 A Street, San Rafael, M-F 9am-5pm. 
  5. Deadline for submissions are October 20.
  6. Please invite your friends, children, and others to join you in this meaningful and special project. Our goal is to have 50 submitted and displayed at our event. 
  7. Questions? Email Daisy Richardson @ [email protected] or call 415.526.2558.


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1Thing Campaign Girl Banner


The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) developed a unified message around #1Thing and we want you to participate locally. Change can start with only #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities’ collective “#1Things” can lead to real social transformation.

Go to our social media pages and # your #1Thing  @centerfordomesticpeace, #C4DP:  Facebook    Instagram     Twitter

Download a photo frame here: #1Thing Frame

#1Thing Key Messages

  • The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power.
  • Healing from domestic violence requires our collective One Things.
  • We can all do #1Thing towards eradicating domestic violence.
  • Sharing our stories can have a ripple effect and can inspire others to action.
  • Our collective One Things are valuable for systems advocacy.
  • #1Thing offers the community tangible ways to get involved in the effort to end domestic violence.

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