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It's October - Help us Kick Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the Day of Unity, which was observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a wide range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels. Although these activities were as varied and diverse as the sponsoring programs, they all shared these common themes: mourning those who died as a result of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived domestic violence, and connecting those who work to end domestic violence.

In October 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held. In conjunction, the same year the first national toll-free hotline for domestic violence victims began. In 1989, Congress passed the first DVAM commemorative legislation and it has been passed every year since. The Day of Unity is now celebrated the first Monday in October.

Every October, hundreds of DVAM activities are planned across the nation. National, statewide, and community-based domestic violence prevention and victim service organizations mark DVAM with recognition ceremonies, memorial activities, public education campaigns, community outreach events, news conferences, and much more.

(Adapted in part from National Resource Center’s DVAM Tips Tactics and Resources)

This month, you'll find countless ways to get involved with Someplace Safe in combating domestic violence locally. As we begin to get back out into communities, we look forward to seeing you all. Check out our event calendar at Calendar | Someplace Safe | for upcoming local events!

And finally, read below about the impact that was made in the life of just one of the countless survivors who have reached out to Someplace Safe for help in their time of need!

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