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Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 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 range of activities was conducted at the local, state and national levels.

These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had a common theme: mourning those who died as a result of domestic violence; honoring those who have survived domestic violence; and connecting those who work to end domestic violence.

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held. In conjunction, that same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989, Congress passed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemorative legislation. Such legislation has been passed every year since 1989. The Day of Unity is now celebrated the first Monday in October.


National Domestic Violence Hotline /
800.799.SAFE (7233) or 800.787-3224 (TTY)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline /
866.331.9474 or 866.331.8453 (TTY)

OVW Director's Message: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2012, Bea Hanson ~ Office on Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources ~ National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Listen to the 3rd Annual National Call of Unity kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, originally aired October 2, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources and Activities ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Go Purple Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources ~ Texas Council on Family Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ Military HOMEFRONT

10 Things You Can Do About Domestic Violence ~ Domestic Violence and the Workplace Blog
Domestic Violence Awareness: Action for Social Change (Part I and Part II ~ Organizing and Communications) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence



Wear Purple Thursday, October 25, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Where Do You Stand? Courageous Bystander Pledge Campaign, SafePlace, Pledge online or fax / mail in English or Español.

Attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event in Your Area

Celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ October 2012 (events hosted by grantees and partners), Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

Relationship Violence Awareness Month Events ~ October 2012, Voices Against Violence UT Austin and the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center



Stand Up Paddle Parade for Safe Families, Jasmin Carina Castanon, Blog, AustinFit Magazine, Austin, TX: September 27, 2013.












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