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The History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed every October as an opportunity to bring light to the issue of domestic violence and its effects on victims, survivors, families, and communities. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) as we know it today, has evolved from the "Day of Unity", which was first held in October 1981. The intent of the Day of Unity was to connect advocates from across the country who were working to end violence against women and children. The common themes of the Day of Unity were:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, as well as the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.*Information and excerpts from: http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history
It is with great honor that Someplace Safe will once again observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month to remember those who have experienced domestic violence, honor those who have lost their lives, and celebrate survivors. In fact, in the past year, Someplace Safe assisted over 2,200 victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Get Involved in Your Community
There are many ways that you can help to raise awareness about domestic violence in your community. Raising awareness is easy, and can be done by:
- Sharing domestic violence facts on social media;
- Talking about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships at meal time;
- Organizing an event on campus or at work and have a domestic violence survivor speaker;
- Collecting cell phones for your local Someplace Safe office location; or
- Encouraging your athletic coaches to talk to their teams about the importance of respect and nonviolence.
For more ideas on ways to raise awareness on domestic violence, visit: http://www.ncadv.org/component/content/article/2-default/139-31-ways-dvam
Someplace Safe also invites you to take part in our upcoming local awareness events and fundraisers. Whether you are interested in volunteering, attending, or sponsoring an event or fundraiser, your efforts will inspire safe, healthy communities for generations to come! Click HERE for a printable list of our upcoming events and fundraisers.
If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, call your local Someplace Safe office or our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-974-3359. For more information and resources please visit: http://www.someplacesafe.info/information-and-resources.html
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR:
K. Diller's Story
Click HERE to read an unedited survivor's account of domestic violence.