October is National Domestic Violence Month


Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 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 levels.

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, and connecting those who work to end violence.

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. 

For more information about domestic violence month check out the Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s website


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, help can be found by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or by visiting their website.

This entry was posted by Lori Willis-Richards on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 12:47 pm and is filed under On This Day .... . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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  1. Tara Fatemi says:

    Thank you for posting the information about October being National Domestic Violence Month. It is very unfortunate to note that one of USC’s very own, Dr. Jennifer Wilson, was stabbed to death a few weeks ago. She is beleived to be a victim of domestic violence. Hank Hawes, Dr. Wilson’s former boyfriend, has been charged with her murder. Dr. wilson was known for her work in literacy according to the State newspaper dated October 2, 2011.
    South Carolina is ranked number 7 in the nation for domestic violence based on the 2009 data!

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