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Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

 

 

History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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.

Over the last three decades, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals. You can play an important role in honoring the accomplishments made and showing your support for victims and survivors.

Thank you for being a part of #DVAMTurns30 to honor the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

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The 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)
 
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 2017 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ The White House, September 30, 2017

National Domestic Violence Awareness Project, Awareness + Action = Social Change: Strategies to End Gender-Based Violence (infographic) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, August 2017

2017 Social Media Toolkit: Honoring 30 Years of Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, August 2017

Developing Social Media Campaigns for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Rachel Haas ~ National Online Resource Center on VIolence Against Women, August 2017

 

#DVAM2017 Campaigns ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, 2017

31 Facts About Domestic Violence in Latin@ Communities ~ Casa de Esperanza and National Latin@ Network, October 2016. Read related blog posting.

31 Ways in 31 Days to Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2016

Putting the Action in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Ashleigh Klein ~ PreventConnect, September 30, 2016

Abuse Starts #YoungerThanYouThink ~ Break the Cycle, October 3, 2016

You Can Help a Friend or Loved One Being Abused ~ Office on Women's Health, October 3, 2016

NCADV Honors Domestic Violence Victims Killed by Their Abusers ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, October 2016

6 Steps to Support a Survivor: #SupportSurvivors Campaign ~ Joyful Heart Foundation, 2017

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ Here are 26 ways you can make a difference, domesticshelters.org, October 3, 2016

 

Spread Love DC Toolkit ~ DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ Domestic Violence in the U.S., South Asians in the U.S., South Asians in Houston ~ Daya, 2015

31 Facts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~ Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence, 2015

31 Days of Domestic Violence Awareness ~ National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, 2014

Children & Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence ~ Domestic Violence Awareness Month Facts ~ National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, October 2014

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

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

The Pentagon Channel Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10 Things You Can Do About Domestic Violence ~ Domestic Violence and the Workplace Blog, September 26, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness: Action for Social Change (Part I and Part II ~ Organizing and Communications) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Universal Prayer, Rabbi Lisa Gelber, National Call of Unity ~ FaithTrust Institute, October 2013

 

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October 3 ~ National Call of Unity: Why I'm an Advocate (conference call, 3:00-4:00 pm ET) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

October 11 ~ Health Care About Domestic Violence Day ~ Futures Without Violence

October 15-21 ~ National Week of Action ~ National Network to End Domestic Violence

October 10 ~ Digital Storytelling for Social Change (webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm ET) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

October 16 ~ #All Faiths Support Safe Homes (Thunderclap ~ 1:00 pm ET) ~ JWI's Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

October 17 ~ #MeaningfulCollaboration: Advancing Our Movement in Partnership (Twitter Chat, 3:00-4:00 pm ET) ~National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

October 19 ~ #PurpleThursday (Thunderclap, 2:00 pm ET) ~ National Network to End Domestic Violence

October 24 ~ Stories of Transformation Facebook Live Party: I'm an Advocate (webinar, 3:00 pm ET) ~ National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event in Your Area

Create Your Own Twibbon ~ show your support of #DVAM2017 and bring awareness of domestic violence by creating a Twibbon for your Facebook and Twitter profiles. Just upload a photo and share.

#31in31 ~ National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2017

Spread the word so more corporate philanthropic dollars go towards domestic violence services ~ Jewish Women International

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Social Media Kit ~ Toplines ~ Mayors Against Illegal Guns

 

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In 2013, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center produced a small embroidered ribbon, created by Amanda Takes War Bonnet of the Native Women's Society of the Great Plains, for use by tribal communities to raise awareness and domestic violence and violence against Native women. Several tribal domestic violence programs and shelters have embellished the ribbons and made beautiful beaded pins or earrings, like the one above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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