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.
"Domestic Violence Awareness Month" Competes for Awareness, Simone M. Scully, The Midtown Gazette, New York, NY: October 26, 2012.
The Color Purple, Cindy Waitt, October 16, 2012.
KCSDV Observes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Topeka, KS: October 16, 2012.
Letters: Domestic violence, bad schools, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX: October 11, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc.
The SkyDance Bridge Glows, NewsOK, Oklahoma City, OK: October 11, 2012. Copyright © 2012 NewsOK.
Communities Around the Country Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, posted by Lynn Rosenthal, The White House Blog, The White House, Washington, DC: October 1, 2012.
Niagara Falls Turning Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness, Brett Alan, WYRK-106.5, Buffalo, NY: October 1, 2012.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ One victim speaks out, Karen Bune, LawOfficer, Tulsa, OK: September 30, 2012. Copyright © 2012 PennWell Corporation.