Recognizing National Preparedness Month
President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. In his proclamation, the President states that we "honor and express our immense appreciation for the brave first responders who risk their lives to help others before, during, and after emergencies."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
President Trump proclaimed that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President states "We strive to eliminate domestic violence in all its horrific forms in order to sustain the hope of a better life for victims and to foster safer homes and relationships for all Americans."
If you or someone you know is a victim of elder fraud, we encourage you to call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311). Professional case managers will assist you with reporting the crime and connect you with other resources as needed. The hotline is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. eastern time. Services are available for speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages.
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed.
This OVC-funded initiative provides evidence-based information, training, and other resources for communities so they can effectively prepare for and respond to mass violence incidents.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone 800–985–5990 (for Spanish, press 2) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs', or for Spanish, text 'Hablanos', to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
This organization provides victims of nonconsensual pornography, also known as "revenge porn", and other forms of online abuse with support and referral services. The Initiative offers a toll free, crisis hotline for victims of these crimes. The Initiative also offers information for policymakers, attorneys, and others to help them understand and combat nonconsensual pornography.