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Event Guide

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What kinds of event activities do you suggest?

All of us can play a role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Whether it’s galvanizing your community to help end domestic violence and sexual assault or sending an e-mail blast out to your friends, family, and co-workers, every action can – and will – look a little different and we welcome them all.

For example, some people may choose to gather a handful of friends to have snacks and watch the #NOMOREweek Law & Order: SVU marathon on March 8th from 12pm to 11pm ET/ PT on USA Network. Others might prefer producing a larger event where college students and faculty come together on campus for an issue-driven discussion. Whatever works best, the format, location and scale are up to you. The goals of NO MORE Week Activities, however, are the same:

      1. Start conversations and educate people about domestic violence and sexual assault to help eliminate the stigma, shame and blame that surround them.
      2. Encourage action year-round. Use events to help participants learn how using the NO MORE symbol can help raise awareness and support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault in their communities.
      3. Help drive additional resources and support to local domestic violence and sexual assault organizations across the country.

The scale and content are really dependent on the time and resources you have. The following are just some ideas we’ve come up with and some examples of things other people have done. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to upload photos and information about your event so you can inspire others!

Whether you are planning a large event or a more intimate gathering, below are some ways to engage attendees in a discussion. Just remember, your activity is limited only by your creativity!

Top Five Tips for Planning Your Event:

      1. Educate and Engage – Use facts and warning signs to educate your audience and get the conversation started
      2. Make it visual – Use the blue symbol to connect with the issue and the movement
      3. Utilize social media – Don’t forget to take pictures and share on social media. Use hashtags like #NOMOREWeek and #NOMORE so others can follow!
      4. Create a Call to Action – People often want to know what they can do to help after they learn about the issue. Have a call to action ready, such as donating to or volunteering at a local shelter or sharing information with family and friends
      5. Be Open – By raising awareness about these issues we want to help eliminate the stigma, shame and blame that surround them. It is important to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Consider inviting other friends or organizations to join you in hosting the event.

Once you’ve planned your event, register here.

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Host a viewing party:

      • USA Network is kicking off NO MORE Week with a Law & Order: SVU Marathon on Sunday, March 8th. Follow and participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NOMOREWeek.
      • I.D. Investigation Discovery is closing out the week with its first-ever NO MORE Week Marathon on Saturday, March 14th from 9 am to 12 pm. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NOMOREWeek.

Host a Speaker:

      • Consider inviting one or more speakers from local organizations to discuss the many nuances of domestic violence or sexual assault, how these issues have impacted their family or community, and why talking about these topics is so important (Note: see the “What if I want to invite a guest speaker?” section).

Host an Awareness Event:

      • Use our Awareness Event guide to replicate the outlined event, scale it to your needs or simply use it as a source of inspiration to raise awareness in a comfortable and accessible way.

Awareness Event Guide

      • Make it a Fundraiser:
        • Host a bake sale! Sell donuts, cookies or other items and donate the proceeds to a local domestic violence or sexual assault organization. To find a domestic shelter near you, visit domesticshelters.org. To find a local rape crisis and counseling center, visit www.centers.rainn.org.
        • Partner with a local business to host a NO MORE Night in your community where everyone who posts of a picture with a NO MORE symbol on social media receives a discount and a percentage of the proceeds benefit a local DV/SA organization.
        • Other fundraising ideas could include creating your own NO MORE items to sell for the benefit of local domestic violence and/or sexual assault organizations. Partner with a local business or contact TVP Industries (don@tvpindustries.com) to design or co-brand a NO MORE t-shirt or apparel item. You can even set up an on-demand store and let your guests order them from a laptop while at the event.
      • Bystander Intervention Trainings: Use The Avon Foundation for Women’s See the Signs, Speak Out free online bystander training programs to educate your workplace about how to have conversations about domestic violence, dating abuse, and sexual assault and make a difference in the workplace, in their homes, and in their communities.

Recognize and Respond to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  Learn how to start the conversations to help family, friends, or colleagues who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Click here

Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens.  Teens need to talk. Learn how you can talk to the teens in your life about dating abuse. Click here

Stand Up, Don’t Stand by, Protect Children from Domestic Violence. Get the tools to recognize danger for a child, decide you can do something, and intervene for change. Click here

These trainings can be taken individually online during a break or lunch or at a staff meeting. Training can also be facilitated by human resources professionals by downloading free training materials and hosting a course or reach out to their state coalition to secure a content expert from a local domestic violence program or rape crisis center to be on site to assist with the training and provide local resources.

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Start with people you know like friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. Invitations can be sent via email, regular mail or through a Facebook event (for details on creating a Facebook event, click here). If possible, send invitations 2-3 weeks in advance of NO MORE Week (March 8-14th). A template invite, sample graphics and verbiage are included in “NO MORE Week Event Tools” section of this guide.

If you’re planning a bigger event, branch out beyond the people you know and invite others in your community. Get in touch with the local organizations that work with parents and youth (the PTA, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.) or domestic/teen dating abuse prevention programs (women’s shelters, etc.), and request that they post the template blog in this guide on their website, or distribute an announcement about your NO MORE Week event to their networks. Find these organizations on the Internet and speak with the person that handles communications, community outreach, partnerships or fundraising.

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A great way to engage participants is to invite a guest speaker to your event. Consider inviting a social worker, a counselor or a representative from a local domestic violence or sexual assault prevention organization to fill this role…really anyone with expertise in these issues. Contacting the communications person or program manager of the organization you want to partner with is a good place to start. They should have experience around what works best for your audience.

You can find local programs through the domestic violence and sexual assault state coalitions in your state or territory. Find a list of state and territory coalitions here.

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Location will be dictated by the kind of event you wish to have. Regardless of where it is, the goal is to equip attendees to talk about these issues, to believe that together we can make a difference and encourage them to get involved in education and prevention.

When finding a place to host your NO MORE Week Event think about both the kind of event you’d like to have and the number of people you’d like to accommodate. To that end consider:

      • The amount of space you’ll need.
      • Whether you prefer participants to be seated casually on sofas and chairs, sit at tables for workshop discussions, sit theater-style to hear a presentation, or to walk through stations on their own.
      • If you have access to an auditorium, meeting hall or conference room at your workplace, church or child’s school.

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      • Add event to NO MORE Week Map by submitting your event information here so we can add the event to the NO MORE Week Map.
      • Share posters with the details on your NO MORE Week Event (time, place, location and format) to the appropriate contacts at your workplace, church or community center and ask that they share it on bulletin boards or email it to their networks.
      • Alert local organizations that have domestic/teen dating abuse prevention programs or sexual health programs, and request that they post the template blog in this guide on their website, or distribute an announcement about your NO MORE Week event to their networks.
      • Send an announcement about your NO MORE Week event to local television and radio stations and ask them to promote or attend the event. Visit the contact section of their websites to find the appropriate email address. Follow up with a phone call to their newsroom to ensure your note reaches the correct person (Note: please contact NO MORE at nomore.org/contact, for support and specialized materials for contacting media about your NO MORE Week Event).
      • Write a blog post about your NO MORE Week event using the template below, and submit it to your local newspaper 1-2 weeks before the event. Visit the publication’s website and be in touch with a contact in the “Letter to the Editor,” section to request that they publish the piece.

Blog Post Template:

How [organization name] is saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault

Fact: Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted and every minute 24 people are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners.

[Insert Organization Name] wants to help put an end to this by joining the NO MORE movement, which brings together everyday men and women who want to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the United States.

During NO MORE Week (March 8-15), [Insert Organization Name] is hosting [Insert Event Name] at [Insert Event Venue] on [Insert Date]. [Insert Event Name] will have an array of activities that participants can join in on, including [insert activities].

[Insert Organization Name] believes that that domestic violence and sexual assault are everyone’s issues, because we all potentially know someone who is a victim. [Insert reasons/personal story for participating in the NO MORE movement] 

To end domestic violence and sexual assault, conversations need to start and the blame and shame game that victims face has to end. 

We encourage other [Organizations, Schools, Corporations or Local Governments] to take part in this movement because only together can we end the silence, only together can we end the stigma, and only together can we end the violence.

      • Post on social media.
        • Sample Tweets:
          • Join #NOMOREWeek (March 8-15) and say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault
          • March 8-15 is #NOMOREWeek, How will you say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault?
          • NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek
          • NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek [Attach NO MORE Sign Picture]
          • Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault #NOMOREWeek
          • Change your profile picture to stand in solidarity with @NOMOREorg #NOMOREWEEK Together we can end DV & SA
          • Together we can end the stigma, Speak out about domestic violence and sexual assault #NOMOREWeek
          • Together we can end the shame and the blame of domestic violence and sexual assault #NOMOREWeek
          • Know the facts: 24 people every minute are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. #NOMOREWeek
          • Know the facts: Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. #NOMOREWeek
        •  Sample Facebook Posts:
          • Join #NOMOREWeek (March 8-15) and say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault
          • March 8-15 is #NOMOREWeek, How will you say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault?
          • Join [insert organization name] for [insert activity] at [insert location] #NOMOREWeek [insert website]
          • Join the movement [insert followers/friends] to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Together we can end domestic violence & sexual assault. #NOMOREWeek
          • NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek
          • NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek [Attach NO MORE Sign Picture]
          • Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. Change your profile picture to stand in solidarity with #NOMOREWEEK
          • Together we can end the shame and the blame of domestic violence and sexual assault #NOMOREWeek
          • Know the facts: 24 people every minute are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. #NOMOREWeek
          • Know the facts: Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. #NOMOREWeek

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