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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence

  • Celebrating those who have survived

  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks 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.

Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

~ Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Knowledge is Power

As we continue to work towards our mission of eliminating violence from our community, we need all hands on deck. It is important to know that domestic violence is a violent and pervasive crime that can impact anyone regardless of age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial bracket, or any other determining factor. Additionally, please note that abuse is a choice made by abusers and is never the fault of the victim. Domestic violence is not only physical. It can also include emotional abuse, monetary control, manipulation of children, and many other facets of the power and control wheel. So, how can we love each other better? Check out these videos for more information...

➔ History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

➔ What is the Power and Control Wheel?

➔ The Importance of Safety Planning

➔ What are Love Languages?

➔ Becoming a Better Bystander

For more information, contact our Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager at 989.686.4551.

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