To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse Inc. (CASDA) will collaborate with community partners throughout October to highlight a message of non-violence and share information about local services for victims of abuse.

An opening ceremony, featuring a Mayoral Proclamation, will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the atrium of the Douglas County Government Center. A follow-up training event is Oct. 17. The opening proclamation alerts the community to domestic violence and October's events, and the training event addresses how we unite as a community to combat domestic violence all year.

Purple flags will be available to guests at the Oct. 1 event. Everyone is invited to “paint the town purple” by displaying them. The flags can inspire discussion about preventing domestic violence, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable.

Everyone in the community is invited to the free, interactive “Why Do They Stay” training from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at VIP Pizza, 1201 Tower Ave. Participants will learn more about the dynamics of domestic violence and constructive ways to approach a survivor. A free pizza meal will be served at 4:30 followed by opening remarks, the training and a discussion.

Community members have two family-friendly opportunities to help support CASDA’s services to victims and survivors.

A Flapjack Fundraiser takes place from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 19 at Applebee’s in Superior, with CASDA advocates serving.

A Bowl-a-Thon to “strike out” domestic violence takes place Oct. 20 at Village Lanes, 6419 Tower Ave. with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more details and registration information, individuals can call CASDA at 715-392-3136 or visit casda.org.